Colliding Black Holes and the Moon
Martz-Kohl Observatory Board of Directors
Martz-Kohl Observatory’s popular Special Guest Speaker series will welcome world-renowned astronomer and physicist, Dr. Lynn Cominsky, on Saturday evening, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. The evening will then turn to the international Observe the Moon Night event from about 8:45 to 11:00, for moon-watching, star-gazing, and learning about humanity’s next destination in space, our return to the Moon.
To attend by Zoom, go to www.martzobservatory.org, click on the lecture title, “Spacetime Symphony: Gravitational Waves and Black Holes” and then on the One Click Link to Zoom. Attendance by guests in person will require masks and vaccination. Program starts at 7:00. The Zoom link opens at 6:45 to join. MKO never charges admission but donations are appreciated.
A Clash of Titans
When Black Holes Collide
Once again, Dr. Einstein was right! And Dr. Lynn Cominsky from Sonoma State University is a member of the team that detected direct evidence of what is arguably the last major unconfirmed prediction of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Her work helped launch the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy.
Her presentation is specially geared for students and general audiences. Dr. Cominsky is a STEM educator who crafts innovative experiences in formal and informal education for secondary and college students. Get to know more about Dr. Cominsky at www.martzobservatory.org.
Dr. Cominsky will present an introduction to gravitational waves, black holes, and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). She will also discuss the gravitational wave detection results reported to date from LIGO and Virgo (another gravitational wave interferometer). On September 14, 2015, LIGO received the first confirmed gravitational wave signals. Now known as GW150914, LIGO’s exciting discovery represents the collision of two distant black holes that were previously orbiting each other in an ever-faster death spiral ending in a crash of unimaginable forces.
Observe the Moon Night
The second event of the evening will take guests “to the Moon!”
Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon and its connection to science, exploration, and human culture.
This annual event connects scientists, educators and night sky enthusiasts from around the world. This event will be held in-person at the Martz-Kohl Observatory and starts about 8:45pm.