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1 July 2011
This Summer sees the start of our public lecture series in Astronomy. They are called the Michael West Lecture Series after an alumnus of QUB who has supported Astrophysics at Queen's.
We would like to invite everyone to these public lectures, which are free of charge and will be held in the Larmor Lecture theatre in the main Physics building.
The first talk on "SuperMassive Black Holes" will be held on Friday 22nd July at 7pm. It will be given by Professor Reinhard Genzel, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. Over the past two decades, compelling evidence has been obtained for the existence of black holes with masses millions of times that of our Sun. Rheinhard Genzel is an international expert on investigating central supermassive blackholes in galaxies, including our own. In 2008 he won the prestigious Shaw Prize for establishing the existence of such a Black Hole in the centre of our own Milky Way.
The second talk on "Killer Asteroids" will be given on Wednesday 3rd August at 7pm by Dr. Robert Jedicke from the University of Hawaii. The current surveys for 1km near-Earth asteroids have almost completed their goal of finding 90% of the population, but the telescopes used are too small to discover more than a fraction of the dangerous sub-km objects. A renowned asteroid hunter, Rob Jedicke is leading the search for dangerous asteroids with the new PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, the largest and most sensitive telescope built for this task.
Attendance is free at these lectures, but due to limited space we are asking people to register. To do so, please point your browsers towards http://tinyurl.com/MichaelWestLectureSeries and sign in. Or you can telephone 028 9097 3202 during normal working hours to reserve a seat.
These lectures are being organised by members of the Astrophysics Research Centre at QUB, in association with the Irish Astronomical Association.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Alan Fitzsimmons, Stephen Smartt, Pedro Lacerda
Astrophysics Research Centre