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