Black holes, long thought to be only the products of theoretical physicists’ fertile imaginations, have now been shown to exist beyond a reasonable doubt. The best recent evidence comes from the detection of merging pairs of black holes, rapidly orbiting stars in the centers of galaxies, and the stunning image (revealed in April 2019) of the shadow of a black hole in the center of galaxy M87. Come learn about black holes and the amazing observations that reveal them.
Alex Filippenko is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the universe. Voted UC Berkeley’s “Best Professor” a record nine times, he appears frequently on TV documentaries and is addicted to observing total solar eclipses throughout the globe (16 so far).