Starry Night on November 16

The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) invites to the next Starry Night in Babelsberg on Thursday, November 16, starting at 7:15 pm with a public lecture of Prof. Dr. Christoph Pfrommer about our "Black Holes in the Universe". Please note that the lecture will be given in German.
Starry Night on November 16

Artist's concept illustrating a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our Sun. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Black holes are among the most mysterious objects in the Universe. But what do we know about them and what belongs to the realm of science fiction? In this talk, we will go on a journey to the edge of our knowledge and get to know what makes black holes so fascinating. Christoph Pfrommer will explain how astrophysicists were ultimately convinced of the existence of black holes in reality. Furthermore, the researcher will introduce theories that explain development and growth of the mysterious objects. But black holes do not only exist isolated in the Universe, they can also influence the development of galaxies and galaxy clusters. By doing research on black holes, we can get closer to unraveling the secrets of cosmic structure formation.

After the talk, we offer a tour over the AIP campus and – if the sight is clear – an observation with one of our historical reflecting telescopes.

We look forward to your visit!

Free entry, no previous registration necessary.

Location: AIP, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam