Join George Wong at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium to explore the Event Horizon Telescope’s image of a black hole and what scientists have learned from it. In addition to this talk, PEEC will show the full-dome film‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 Saturday in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope released the first-ever direct image of a “black hole shadow,” which opened the door to an exciting new phase of scientific discovery.
Join George Wong at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to hear about some of the technological challenges associated with imaging a black hole and to get an overview of some of the gains we have made from this image.
This talk is free to attend, but seats can be reserved in advance by calling the nature center at 505.662.0460.
Wong is a physics Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a visiting student at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a member of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. He studies high-energy astrophysical processes and is especially interested in the connection between black holes and relativistic jets.
In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. This movie’s story revolves around the ambition to colonize Mars — a topic at the forefront of current trends in space adventure films for the giant screen. By closely examining the example of Johannes Kepler and his three laws of planetary motions, “EXPLORE” also shows how the achievements of individuals can change the world and how much we all benefit from them.
Seating is limited for both of these events, so please call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve your tickets. Admission to Friday evening’s talk is free and admission to “EXPLORE” is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.