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Jeremiah Horrocks - How to take a picture of a black hole

University of Central Lancashire

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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Professor Derek Ward-Thompson - Head of School of Physical Sciences & Computing and Director of Jeremiah Horrocks Institute at UCLAN, will be giving a talk on:

How to take a picture of a black hole

A black hole is an extreme region of space that contains so much matter in such a small region that it curves the very essence of space itself.  

The speed needed to escape from a black hole is greater than the speed of light, so once something has fallen into a black hole it can never get out, because nothing travels faster than light. This talk will describe how, for the first time ever, we took an actual picture of a black hole – something that was thought to be in the realms of science fiction only a few years ago. This is because a black hole doesn’t emit any light or reflect any light.  But we imaged the event horizon around the black hole – the last place from which light can escape. This was made possible by connecting together 8 different telescopes across the earth to make the equivalent of one single earth-sized telescope. It is so powerful that it could resolve an object only a few centimetres across on the surface of the Moon. The black hole we imaged is the size of our entire solar system – except that it is 55 million light years away. One of the 8 telescopes is the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii, which is part-owned by the University of Central Lancashire, and Professor Derek Ward-Thompson has worked on the imaging team to make the picture.

 

FREE Admission  FREE Refreshments (available from 6pm onwards)

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Darwin Lecture Theatre
UCLAN
Marsh Lane
PR4 5ZL Preston
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)


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