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Title: Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe

Abstract

Black holes are everywhere in the Universe. They form when massive stars end their life in a simultaneous violent collapse and energetic explosion. Galaxies end up littered with small black holes, each roughly the mass of ten Suns. Nearly every galaxy center ends up with a single huge black hole, with the mass of a million to a billion Suns. During their lifetimes, black holes chew up their surroundings and spew out ultra-energetic beams of radiation and matter that are visible from across the Universe. In this lecture, I will discuss how black holes form, outline how we detect them, and show movies that illustrate how they work according to Einstein and state-of-the-art computer simulations. We will see that these blackest of all objects in the Universe actually shine the brightest.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Kavli Inst. for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1014088
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: SLAC Public Lecture Series, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California, presented on April 28, 2009
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; BLACK HOLES; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; FERMILAB ACCELERATOR; GALAXIES; RADIATIONS; STANFORD LINEAR ACCELERATOR CENTER; STARS; UNIVERSE; SLAC; LIGHT; GRAVITY; EVENT HORIZON; GAMMA-RAY BURSTS

Citation Formats

McKinney, Jonathan. Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
McKinney, Jonathan. Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe. United States.
McKinney, Jonathan. Tue . "Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1014088.
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