RCIScience/RASC: Black Holes: From Speculative to Spectacular (SOLD OUT)

First image of a black hole
Image Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Black holes are perhaps the strangest thing in a very strange universe. An almost unbelievable prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, black holes create a gravitational pull so strong, they can trap anything that gets too close. Even light. Black holes also pull on our imaginations, often appearing as the villains in science fiction. Join RCIScience for an exploration of the latest science about black holes and a discussion about how they are depicted in popular culture. Are black holes truly terrifying? Or simply misunderstood monsters.

NEW: We’ll also be hosting a science-themed market in the lobby so come prepared to do some holiday shopping! Sellers include:
• The Purple Lilac
• The Vexed Muddler
• Neurons and Nebulas
• Minoutte
• Yas Petit Poulet
• The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada


Dr. Jesse Rogerson is a passionate science communicator who loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.


Dr. Christina Smith is a post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University in Toronto. Christina currently focuses on studies of planetary atmospheres and is a current member of the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) Science Operations Team. She recently joined the Juno Mission as a Participating Scientist. Christina completed her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Manchester in the UK studying evolved stars.

Dr. Avery Broderick is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and the Delaney Family John Archibald Wheeler Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Perimeter Institute. Avery works to explain the fundamental physics of black holes and their observable characteristics. As a member of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, Dr. Broderick participates in the creation and interpretation of the first horizon-resolving images of astronomical black holes in the history of astronomy.

Prof. Suresh Sivanandam is an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. Suresh works in experimental astrophysics, studying galaxy evolution and galaxy clusters to understand the interactions between galaxies. In addition to this work, Suresh designs and builds novel astronomical instrumentation and is leading a survey to characterize the types of stars that exist in nearby galaxies.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Eventbrite
Organized by: The Royal Canadian Institute for Science in partnership with the RASC, Toronto Centre
Location: JJR Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Circle, Toronto