Professor Monika Mościbrodzka from the Department of Astrophysics at Radbound University in the Netherlands will be the featured speaker at a virtual Russell and Brenda Frank Astronomy Lecture Series on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Her talk is titled, "Imaging Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87's Black Hole."
Two years ago, scientists presented the first image of a black hole at the center of a galaxy. We see a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. Last month, for the first time observations, revealed the signature of magnetic fields close to the edge of a black hole. These new images are the key to explaining how the black hole is able to launch energetic jets. Dr. Mościbrodzka will discuss how these images of the black hole were made and their meaning.
This talk is intended for a general audience, including enthusiasts of all backgrounds and ages.