Black holes: a staple of quality science fiction for decades now ... but what actually *are* they? Awesome, is one answer. Astronomers reported a few weeks ago fresh evidence for a black hole tearing a star apart in a distant galaxy — gruesome, sure, but fascinating too. In this eipisode we chat about black holes and come to the conclusion that they warp our brains like the fabric of space-time itself.
Syzygy is produced by Chris Stewart and co-hosted by Dr Emily Brunsden from the Department of Physics at the University of York.
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Some of the things we talk about in this episode:
- This week’s black hole paper: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/06/13/science.aao4669
A good article about the story: https://www.sciencealert.com/arp-299-supermassive-black-hole-tidal-disruption-event-relativistic-jet-direct-image
Black holes: what are they, exactly? A basic primer: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-a-black-hole-k4.html
A bit more detail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole
Want to blow your mind? Star Size Comparison 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoW8Tf7hTGA
Prof. Andrea Ghez looks at the supermassive black hole at the of the Galaxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y9_g4b1PlA
Prof. Ghez’s group: http://www.galacticcenter.astro.ucla.edu
Galaxy collisions: https://phys.org/news/2016-10-galaxies-collide.html
Gravitational singularities: https://www.universetoday.com/84147/singularity/
Stephen Hawking: http://www.hawking.org.uk
- John Archibald Wheeler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Archibald_Wheeler