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Black Holes: Monsters of the Universe

by Vin R on September 10th, 2014


Next Maunakea Skies Talk September 19, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Bower, Academica Sinica Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA)

Topic: Black Holes: Monsters of the Universe

Time: Friday September 19 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium

Massive black holes are thought to be located at the centers of all galaxies. With masses up to a billion times that of the Sun, these compact objects are efficient and powerful sources of energy, governing the formation of stars and the growth of galaxy clusters throughout the history of the Universe. At the same time, black holes provide a unique laboratory for exploring extreme gravity and testing the theory of General Relativity. Dr. Bower will provide a tour from the most distant and most powerful black holes to the starved black hole haunting the Milky Way.

Dr. Geoffrey Bower is Chief Scientist for Hawaii Operations for the Academica Sinica Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA). Dr. Bower studies black holes and IMG_0659other energetic phenomena using radio telescopes, including the Submillimeter Array on Maunakea, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile. A graduate of Princeton University and UC Berkeley, Dr. Bower has previously performed his research and taught at the Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie in Germany, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, and UC Berkeley.

Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.

The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to, or call (808) 969-9703.

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