During June 2015, for a span of about two weeks, the immediate surroundings of a black hole, otherwise quietly accreting matter from a nearby companion star, suddenly became about 100,000 times brighter. Joining other baffled astronomers around the globe, we observed this source for two full nights during this epoch of violent activity using a telescope on our roof. Professor Maitra will present the rich data that was obtained, and in conjunction with other observations made around the world, discuss what might have been going on near the black hole at that time.
Presented by Dipankar Maitra, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy.
Please join us:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
President’s Dining Room