We will hear from two people who are on the forefront of trying to understand black holes. Associate Professor Marianne Vestergaard from Copenhagen University who are trying to develop methods to better understand the physics in black holes. She will be joined by Oliver James, Chief scientist at DNEG, who led the team that developed the visualization of the black holes from the movie Interstellar. The black hole developed by DNEG can also be seen in the new exhibition Made in Space at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium.
Join us for an evening about the most extreme object in our Universe – Black Holes! Since Albert Einstein published his theory about General Relativity in 1915, scientists have tried to explain how Black Holes are formed, and what physical properties that best describe them. Through more than 100 years of research and observation, there are still a number of unanswered questions.
TALK: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe
In this talk Marianne Vestergaard summarize some of the interesting properties of black holes, how we know they exist and the role that we know and anticipate that the massive black holes play in shaping the universe as we see it. She will also discuss how scientists currently study black holes and measure their masses and outline some of the upcoming opportunities for scientists to learn more about black holes.
Marianne Vestergaard is associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen. Her research is driven by a desire to understand how the supermassive black holes in centers of young galaxies are fueled and grow and understand the inner workings of the 'central engine' that powers distant quasars. To reach this goal she is also developing methods to improve measurements of the black hole mass.