Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

SLAC, Panofsky Auditorium, Building 053

Roger Blandford (KIPAC)

Black holes and neutron stars, some of the most extreme objects in the Universe, were hypothesized in the first half of the twentieth century and were discovered and observed in the second half. Astronomers are embarking on a new voyage of discovery that is being led by the recent detection of gravitational radiation and the observation of massive black holes using radio telescopes. Discover what we know and what we hope to learn from these fascinating astronomical objects.

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Following the lecture, we hosted a panel discussion and audience Q&A about the recent discovery of gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars. On the panel were Stanford-based experts and representatives of some of the major teams involved in the discovery.