Understanding the Black Hole in the Heart of Our Galaxy

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    

Almost 100 years ago, Albert Einstein wondered about the most captivating prediction of general relativity — that isolated pockets of space-time exist in the universe.

Now, Prof. Fulvio Melia, one of the world’s leading astrophysicists, presents a wealth of recent evidence that just such an entity, with a mass of about three million suns, is indeed lurking at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, in the form of a super massive “black hole”.

In celebration of the World Year of Physics, the University of Tulsa, the American Physical Society and the TU Department of Physics will present a lecture by Melia, who is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Arizona and author of “The Edge of Infinity: Super massive Black Holes in the Universe.”

Prof. Melia will discuss “The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy,” on Thursday, March 9, 2006 in the Business Administration Hall on the University of Tulsa campus. A reception will be held at 6:15 p.m. preceding the lecture, which begins at 7:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Both “The Black Hole” and “The Edge of Infinity” are written for a general audience. Each book is a nontechnical account that conveys the excitement generated by the quest to expose what these giant distortions in the fabric of space and time have to say about our origin and ultimate destiny for the general reader.

For more information on the lecture, please contact TU Physics Prof. Parameswar Hari, (918) 631-3128, or e-mail hari@utulsa.edu.

For more information about Fulvio Melia, please visit his website at http://www.physics.arizona.edu/~melia/