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Ordinary Meeting: "The Massive Black Hole at the Centre of the Galaxy: Hear it Roar!"

Friday 13th September 2013 - 8:00pm
Topic: The Massive Black Hole at the Centre of the Galaxy: Hear it Roar!

Speaker: Dr Mark Wardle, Macquarie University
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: The black hole at the centre of the Galaxy has a mass of four million suns, but emits the power of just one hundred because it is fed by a trickle of gas from its surroundings. The latest research suggests that the hole occasionally captures material from a passing interstellar cloud, creating ten thousand stars, swallowing a similar mass of gas, and emitting a burst of energy that creates gigantic kiloparsec-scale explosions extending perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. Yikes!

Biography: Mark is an astrophysicist in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Macquarie University. He holds honours degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Auckland and a PhD in astrophysics from Princeton University. After completing his doctorate, Mark held positions at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Rochester. He returned to the Southern Hemisphere, spending several years at the University of Sydney before moving to Macquarie in 2002. Mark has extensive experience teaching physics and astronomy courses at first year through to PhD level and conducts research on the formation of stars and planetary systems, the massive black hole at the centre of the Galaxy, and physical and chemical processes occurring in interstellar space. Cool.

Event Date: 
Friday, 13 September, 2013 - 20:00
Location: 
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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