May Meeting: Arthur Page Memorial Lecture – The Massive Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way
The focus of the May monthly meeting is a talk by Dr Holger Baumgardt titled The Massive Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way. This represents the annual Arthur Page Memorial Lecture in honour of our founding member and renowned amateur astronomer the late Arthur Page. An abstract of the meeting appears down further.
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• fever or symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath);
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The Massive Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way
Black holes are fascinating objects for astronomers and the general public alike. They are the most extreme form of matter and so dense that not even light can escape from them. For many years black holes were only a theoretical prediction from general relativity, but over the past 20 years astronomers have found evidence that they also exist in nature. During my presentation I will show what is known about black holes and talk especially about the supermassive black hole at the Galactic centre, which is one of the best studied black holes and the most massive known to exist in our Milky Way.