The Black Hole Shadow in the M87 Galaxy

Date: 
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 4:15pm
Location: 
#1 LeConte Hall
Author/Speaker: 
Affiliation: 
University of Arizona
Public Lecture: 
Yes

The Event Horizon Telescope recently revealed the first picture of the black-hole shadow in the center of the M87 galaxy. I will discuss the technological and theoretical advances during the last decade that led to this result. I will then focus on how this picture allows us to accurately measure the mass of the black hole and test Einstein's theory of General Relativity.