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Science Pub RVA and “Why Black Holes Don’t Suck”

Join other curious minds this Tuesday, September 4th for another Science Pub RVA event. Enjoy food, drink and conversation with Dr. Matthew R. Francis as he demystifies black holes. Dr. Francis will be explaining why “Black Holes Don’t Suck” - a title that may sound silly, but he’ll be talking serious science in a twenty-minute time frame and in the informal pub atmosphere of The Camel. Come as early as 6:00 p.m. for food, company and such. Dr. Francis’ talk begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Francis is a science writer and speaker specializing in physics, astronomy and related fields. An ex-planetarium director and college professor, he’s got a lot to say about black holes and our misconceptions of them. Dr. Francis wants you to know that “Black holes aren’t rare; they are in nearly every galaxy.” He will talk about modern astronomy’s focus on how black holes help shape the galaxy in which they live.

“Black holes may seem mysterious and disturbing. After all they are objects whose gravitational attraction is so strong; nothing can escape – not even light. Paradoxically, black holes are some of the brightest objects in the Universe. Black holes at the center of the Milky Way may have seeded the galaxy with raw materials for life on Earth.”

The paradox that Dr. Francis wants to discuss is about modern astronomer’s understanding of the feedback mechanism that is part of black holes. “Black holes don't suck anything in, any more than Earth sucks us down.  In fact, their powerful nature actually leads them to flick some things back into the galaxy.”

Science Pub RVA invites you to come and talk it over in plain language at this free and open-to-the-public gathering, but registration is recommended at Eventbrite. Find and Like them on Facebook to get details on next week’s event as well as future offerings.

Science Pub RVA is an independent endeavor led by Cynthia Gibbs, Coordinator with encouragement from WCVE Science Matters and WGBH NOVA ScienceNow.

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