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The Monster at the Heart of the Milky Way

October 15, 2013 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Presenter 
Andrea M. Ghez, UCLA
Location 
Building Offsite
Type 
Meeting
Series 

Brinson Lecture

The University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago present "The Monster at the Heart of the Milky Way" by Professor Andrea M. Ghez, UCLA.

The lecture takes place Tuesday, October 15, at 6 p.m. at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the MacLean Ballroom.

Abstract:
Discover how Andrea Ghez and her team use the world's most powerful telescopes and next-generation imaging technology to peer into the center of our galaxy with more resolving power than ever before. By studying the motions of stars, Professor Ghez provides the best evidence that supermassive black holes exist, challenging our knowledge of fundamental physics and suggesting that most, if not all, galaxies harbor such objects at their cores. Her work has also shown that the environment near a central supermassive black hole looks nothing like what was expected. In the near future, she hopes to test Einstein's theory of relativity, as well as theories of galaxy formation and evolution confronting time-honored hypotheses.

Biography:
Andrea M. Ghez is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA's Galactic Center Group. She earned her B.S in Physics from MIT in 1987, and her PhD from Caltech in 1992 and has been on the faculty at UCLA since 1994. She is best known for her ground-breaking work on the center of our Galaxy, which has led to the best evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes.