Neutron Stars, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves


(T) A friend of mine had the good idea to invite me to a public lecture from Professor Roger Blandford from Stanford’s KIPA (Kavli Institute for Particles Astrophysics and Cosmology) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. And, this was a fun lecture! Not only did Professor Blandford cover many key topics of the present state of cosmology but also he ingested a lot of humor to explain complex phenomena.

Following is the abstract of the lecture and a video of it (unfortunately the audio of the video is of poor quality so listen to it at low volume):

“Black holes and neutron stars, some of the most extreme objects in the Universe, were hypothesized in the first half of the twentieth century and were discovered and observed in the second half. Astronomers are embarking on a new voyage of discovery that is being led by the recent detection of gravitational radiation and the observation of massive black holes using radio telescopes. Discover what we know and what we hope to learn from these fascinating astronomical objects.”



Note: The picture above is a “binary black hole merger” from the lecture.

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