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Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes

Exploring Space Lectures Series
Presenter: Neil Gehrels
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin Imax Theater
Museum in Washington, DC

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Schedule:
6:30 p.m. Educational activities and first screening of Black Holes in the Planetarium
7:00 p.m. Educational acitivites and second screening of Black Holes in the Planetarium
7:30 p.m. Meet the Lecturer
8:00 p.m. Lecture
9:00 p.m. Telescope viewing, weather permitting

Neil Gehrels is Chief, Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He is an experimental physicist working in gamma-ray astronomy who is active in instrument development and data analysis. He studies gamma-ray bursts and supernovae and is Principal Investigator for the Swift gamma-ray burst MIDEX mission.

The SWIFT Explorer is an astronomical satellite that is observing gamma-ray bursts, the birth cries of black holes.  Come hear about new results and about the amazing properties of black holes.

This program is made possible by the generous support of NASA and Aerojet.

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