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NOT Out of Sight: The First-Ever Photos of Black Holes

Black holes, long thought to exist only in the fertile imaginations of theoretical physicists, have now been found beyond reasonable doubt. The best recent evidence comes from the stunning images of the shadow of a supermassive black hole in the centers of galaxy M87 and our Milky Way, the first such photographs ever obtained. Come learn about these amazing observations and their implications!


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Alex Filippenko
Professor, Department of Astronomy

Alex Filippenko, a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is one of the world’s most highly cited astrophysicists. Filippenko was voted Best Professor at UC Berkeley a record nine times. In 2006, he was named the Case/Carnegie National Professor of the Year among doctoral institutions. Filippenko has produced five astronomy video courses with the Great Courses, co-authored an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appeared in more than 120 television documentaries.