Explore the world of black holes this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. At 7 p.m. Friday, join Aycin Aykutalp to learn about her recent research on infant massive black holes in the early universe. At 2 p.m. Saturday, watch the full-dome film ‘Black Holes’.CourtesyPEEC
Explore the world of black holes at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Aycin Aykutalp will discuss her research on possible pathways for the formation of massive seed black holes in the early universe and on Saturday, Oct. 27 the nature center will show the full-dome film “Black Holes” in the planetarium at 2 p.m.
Black holes, one of the fundamental constituents of spacetime, are perhaps the most mysterious and elusive objects in the universe. They exist from the very beginning and throughout the cosmic history of the universe. This makes black holes a unique tool to study the past, present and future of spacetime curvature.
At her talk, Aykutalp will present the results from a recent article published in “Nature” that she co-authored on deriving the observational signatures of young galaxies hosting infant massive black holes. This work lays out a test bed for theoretical models by providing, for the first time, observational diagnostics to distinguish and detect these galaxies in the early universe.
The feature film “Black Holes” will start at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. The movie, by Clark Planetarium Productions, brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. Audience members will voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain these riddles of nature.
Seating is limited for both the talk and movie, so please call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve tickets. Admission for the Friday night event is free and admission for the Saturday afternoon event is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.