Past KTU Programs - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at Ohio
Dr. Michael (Mike) Stamatikos April 08, 2017
How Do We Know Black Holes Exist If We Can’t See Them?

An interactive session led by Dr. Michael (Mike) Stamatikos

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at The Ohio State University (OSU) at Newark

Black holes are one of Nature’s most puzzling creations: extreme places in space where gravity is so great that nothing can escape - not even light, which travels at the ultimate cosmic speed limit of 700 million miles per hour! Because no light escapes from a black hole, we cannot directly observe them, the way we normally would a star with a telescope. So how do we know that black holes really exist if we cannot see them? We'll need to be very clever and sneaky! Join NASA astrophysicist Michael Stamatikos on an interactive cosmic journey to explore black holes. Dr. Stamatikos, an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Ohio State, will explain how scientists hunt down the elusive black holes, in part by making time machines out of orbiting robotic satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Black holes not only exist, but are in fact commonly found throughout the Universe – even within the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy! Dr. Michael (Mike) Stamatikos is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at The Ohio State University (OSU) at Newark and an Astrophysicist affiliated with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), near Washington D.C., and the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at OSU in Columbus, OH. At OSU, he leads research in high-energy particle astrophysics featuring gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) - transient beacons of high-energy electromagnetic radiation that have challenged astrophysicists for over four decades.
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