Ventura County Astronomical Society Hosts Dr Shoko Sakai of UCLA


Event Details



Ventura County Astronomical Society

 

 

 

The Super Massive Black Hole

at the Center of Our Galaxy”

 

Friday, October 19th from 7:15 to 9 pm

Moorpark College Forum

7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021

Admission and parking are FREE

For more info go to: www.vcas.org

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Abstract

How do we “see” a black hole?  How do we look for something that is invisible?  This talk will tell you a story of how astronomers at UCLA found a supermassive black hole in the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy by observing stars around it that get strongly accelerated by its invisible but huge gravity. 

Bio:

Dr. Shoko Sakai received her B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from Dartmouth College. She then joined the HST Key Project on the extragalactic distance scale at IPAC and continued her work on distance scale at NOAO in Tucson. She has been a research astronomer at UCLA since 2000. Her work focused on several distance indicators and understanding their systematics, including the Cepheid variable stars, tip of the red giant branch method and Tully-Fisher relation for spiral galaxies. She also worked on star formation history of galaxies in nearby clusters of galaxies. She has recently joined the Galactic Center Group at UCLA

 


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