Maria Mitchell Association to Host Black Hole Lecture

NANTUCKET – An increase in technology and surveying equipment that is changing the way scientists are able to study the night sky will be the focus of an upcoming lecture on Nantucket.

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association will host Dr. Suvi Gezari and “Hungry Black Holes” on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the newly opened MMA Research Center on Vestal Street.

Dr. Gezari is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland and was a Maria Mitchell Observatory National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates student in 1998.

Supermassive black holes, which often reside in the centers of galaxies and light up while consuming and digesting stars and gas, are being watched through the increasing capabilities of time domain observations which can help astronomers understand their mass, spin and binarity.

Each supermassive black hole has a mass that is millions to billions times that of the sun. There is one at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy and it is the variety of black hole that Dr. Gezari will be focusing on during her lecture.

The event is $10 and free for Maria Mitchell Association members.

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