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Ryan Chornock to discuss “Black Holes: Fact and Fiction” at Science Café

From Staff Reports | Feb 26, 2019

Black holes are some of the most exotic objects in the universe. Their bizarre properties have been featured in numerous science fiction books and movies. 

Contrary to their depiction in science fiction, black holes are not giant cosmic vacuum cleaners, relentlessly pulling in doomed astronauts. Most live their lives in quiet isolation. However, when they encounter other black holes or some other unfortunate object, the effects can be dramatic, producing some of the most luminous sources of light in the universe.

Ryan Chornock, Ohio University assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and his students study the properties of these fascinating objects as they actually occur in nature. In his Science Café, “Black Holes: Fact and Fiction,” Chornock will discuss the realities of black holes, how we know they exist and their effects on nearby objects. Chornock also will discuss his group’s research on what happens when a passing star ventures too close to a black hole and is subsequently shredded apart and subsumed.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Mar. 6, in the Baker Center Front Room Coffeehouse. The Science Café also may be viewed live or after the event here: https://livestream.com/ohiocas/events/8469545.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt. The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag and view the schedule of spring semester speakers: http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe.