Past Event

Black Hole Paleontology: A Public Talk by Dr. Floor Broekgaarden

March 22, 2024
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Pupin Hall, 538 W. 120 St., New York, NY 10027 301
Join us in Pupin Hall 301 on Friday, March 22, at 7pm for a full night of astronomy! Columbia Astronomy's Dr. Floor Broekgaarden will be talking to us about "Black Hole Paleontology": "Stars more than ten times heavier than our sun are extremely rare, but play an outsized role in our Universe: from shaping galaxies to producing all the oxygen we breathe. Despite their importance, much about these massive stars remains a mystery. Like paleontologists, who study the bones of dinosaurs to understand how they lived, we will journey through the lives of massive stars by studying their fossils: black holes." We'll start the evening at 7pm with some astronomy trivia, followed by Dr. Broekgaarden's talk and Q&A. From 8:10-9:10pm, we will be outside stargazing on College Walk (weather permitting). The main event will take place in Pupin Hall 301. Signs will be posted to direct you to the lecture hall, and general directions to Columbia and Pupin Hall can be found at Outdoor observing/stargazing will take place on College Walk, the portion of 116th street crossing through Columbia's main campus; we will walk down to College Walk as a group following the lecture and Q&A. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided by Columbia Astronomy (but you are absolutely welcome to bring your own observing equipment). This event is free and open to all -- stay only as long as you want. We look forward to seeing you in Pupin Hall on March 22!

Contact Information

Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach