What is Happening at the Core of the Milky Way Galaxy?

Farhad Yusef-Zadeh, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University

Farhad Zadeh will give an overview of astronomical observations which
indicate the evidence of a mighty black hole, 4 million times the mass of the Sun at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Interestingly, a daily flaring activity of this black hole will be shown thanks to many telescopes that simultaneously spy  on the black hole to reveal  its daily activity.

And who would have ever conceived the notion that the black hole is an incubator of sorts, such a seemingly unlikely place for young stars to form! This is true however, and Farhad will engage us with factual stories of how nature is quite clever in finding a way to open a stellar nursery in one of the harshest environments within  the Milky Way Galaxy.

Our ideas on how stars are formed near the black hole will be discussed.

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

The Milky Way
What is Happening at the Core of the Milky Way Galaxy
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Race-Related Stress
Race-Related Stress and Academic Attainment: How Discrimination Gets Under the Skin and Into the Mind
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Gravity Waves
Whispers from the Cosmos: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomys
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Reading the Mind of the Fly
Reading the Mind of a Fly: Why We Do It and What Can It Teach Us About Ourselves
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Electric Grid in North America
The Clocks Within Us
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Depression App
Re-Booting Mental Health: Behavioral Intervention Technologies to Combat Depression
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What’s Being Done to Make Alzheimer’s Disease Just a Memory...
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Blocks, Stickers, and Jigsaw Puzzles
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Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible - much more so than a public lecture. It's an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific 'stuff'! No cover charge, EVER!


Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.


Cafes start with an engaging talk from the research scientist who introduces the topic. It is not a lecture, so anyone can ask a question, and positively welcomed will be those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.


Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.


6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202


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