A free, non-technical and illustrated talk on black holes will be given Wednesday at Foothill College in Los Altos, Andrew Fraknoi, professor emeritus, announced.
The talk will be given at 7 p.m. in the college's Smithwick Theatre by Eliot Quataert, a University of California at Berkeley professor of astronomy and physics. Quataert is also the director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.
Last spring, the Event Horizon Telescope released the first image of gas surrounding a black hole and the gas's shadow as it swirls into the hole. Quataert will talk about what this has taught scientists about black holes and how the images were captured.
A large crowd is expected at the event, so visitors are encouraged to get to the theatre early.