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Shedding light on the invisible


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18:30 - 20:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Find out how we study the invisible in this Café Scientifique with Dr Diego Altamirano.

A black hole is so massive and confined in such a small volume in space that not even light can escape its gravitational pull. Some black holes suck gas from nearby stars, creating discs of gas that swirl like water around a drain hole. The rings of gas rub against each other creating unimaginable amounts of heat, which form X-rays.

Discover how Dr Diego Altamirano is using X-ray and optical telescopes, and the world's largest radio antenna, to push the boundaries of physics to try and understand the properties of black holes.

Attending this event

  • Free to attend, registration required
  • 80 seats available
  • Doors open at 6pm
  • Recorded audio will be available a few days after the event

Enquiries: Contact the events team

About Café Scientifique

  • Dialogue-based event
  • 10 minute presentation from the speaker (without PowerPoint)
  • Approx 1 hour Q&A session, plus 15 minute break
  • Informal seating at tables rather than lecture-style arrangement
  • Café facilities including drinks and snacks
Shedding light on the invisible

Café Scientifique exploring how and why we study black holes.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK