Welcome to Science Fridays and this time let’s learn about Black holes!
Get your science hats on cause starting January 3rd, we will be taking Dr. Sharon Morsink’s course Astro 101 on this edition of Science Fridays. Taking your imagination on a trip around the universe’s greatest mysteries, Astro 101 dives deep into black holes and advancements in the field of astrophysics.
Sharon Morsink, Associate Professor (Department of Physics, University of Alberta)
Let’s get started! Join in on the fun journey through the cosmos. In this dynamic course, we start off with introducing black holes within pop culture, where they got it right, and where they may have gone too Sci-Fi, and gradually upping the ante ending with showing recent advancements that include the groundbreaking 2016 observation of gravitational waves.
Blackhole as portrayed in 2014 sci-fi blockbuster “Interstellar”
Hi, I’m Mervyn and I’ll be your coordinator summarizing what we learn every week through slides and moderating the discussions during our weekly zoom sessions, sending our reminders and announcements so you’re on track to finishing the course, according to the schedule. As a fellow science enthusiast, I always looked up to the skies with awe and wonder. As I explored this mystery, my interest in it started to multiply. Through a book about the universe called “Universe”, I got to realize the sheer massiveness and colossal scale the universe operates in, the massive distances, masses, gravitational forces, and energy which are still incomprehensible even when the numbers are before us. I realized when taking the History of Science cohort, All of humanity was mesmerized and intrigued by the stars above us, this shows the significance of these celestial bodies on the human psyche.
So, I feel privileged and excited to learn and explore this course with all of you. To learn the latest developments in the field and I hope this course will push us to be more interested and amazed by the Universe and its mysteries.
My favorite celestial object as of now would be Jupiter, it’s a planet that always stood out to me with its Giant red spot and massive gas clouds! Do introduce yourself in this thread and share which celestial object fascinates you the most.
Looking forward to meeting and of course exploring the universe with you all!
Hope you have a great week!