Astronomy Lecture Explores Black Holes in Space
May 19, 2010
7 to 8:30 p.m.; Smithwick Theatre

Alex Filippenko at podium with galaxy image on screen behind him
World-renowned astronomer Alex Filippenko, Ph.D.

As part of the 11th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, world-renowned astronomer Alex Filippenko, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss Hearts of Darkness: Black Holes in Space, an illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, May 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.

Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that nothing--not even light-can escape. No longer confined to the imaginations of science--fiction writers and theoretical physicists, black holes have recently been discovered in large numbers by observational astronomers. Smaller black holes can form during the deaths of some types of massive stars, and super-massive black holes are found at the centers of many galaxies, including our own. By attending the lecture, you'll learn about the remarkable properties of these bizarre objects from one of the finest explainers in the field of astronomy.

Filippenko is a world-renowned expert on exploding stars, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, galaxies and cosmology. Voted the "best professor" on the UC Berkeley campus seven times and winner of the 2010 Emmons Award for undergraduate teaching, he was also named the Carnegie/CASE National Professor of the Year in 2006 among doctoral institutions. For his pioneering research, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He recently produced Black Holes Explained, a 12-lecture DVD video course with The Teaching Company.

The free lecture series is sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program, NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute and Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Past lectures from the series are available online in MP3-format.

Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2 from yellow dispensers in student lots. Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. For more information, access or call (650) 949-7888.
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