Public Open Night - Black Holes by Dave Balcombe (19th Feb 2016)

Start time: 2000

Location: Seething Observatory

Host: Dave Balcombe

Based on a 100 year old theory and after 50 years of work to detect them gravitational waves from the merger of 2 huge black holes have been recorded.  This is a fantastic achievement that not only proves Einstein was right but is also the first direct evidence of the merger of 2 black holes.  Find out more about gravitational waves and black holes at Norwich Astronomical Society this coming Friday and Saturday.

This weekend, we will be looking at why black holes are black, what happens when you fall into a black hole, how big are they, will we all get swallowed up by a giant black hole, if we can’t see them how do we know they exist?
?These and other burning questions will be answered by Dave Balcombe in his talk about Black holes on 19th and 20th February.

At these events you will get the chance to look around the Observatory facilities and, if the sky is clear, be able to look through some of our telescopes.

All events are held at the observatory. Doors open at 7:30 with talks starting at 8:00, unless the room fills up earlier, in which case the talk will start sooner and depending on numbers could be repeated. Admission is Adults £3.00 Adult members £2.00 All Children £1.50 there is no need to pre book, just turn up on the night. Teas and coffee are available at the end of the talk and there will be a chance to observe through the telescopes, if the skies are clear. Talks vary in length but generally last approximately 40 minutes and are aimed at those with a general interest in astronomy. Children are welcome (recommend from about 8 years upwards)

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