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Science on Tap
A new monthly lecture series at UMD that explores the latest discoveries in science and technology in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink

Black Hole

Black Holes
New discoveries about the darkest
and most mysterious objects in the universe
Suvi Gezari
UMD Department of Astronomy
Assistant Professor

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Milkboy Art House

MilkBoy ArtHouse
7416 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Space is limited.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Happy hour specials will be available until 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact Abby Robinson at or 301-405-5845.

Supermassive black holes, which are a million to 10 billion times the mass of the sun, lurk in the center of most galaxies, including our own Milky Way. How do we study these dark and mysterious objects in the universe? Dr. Gezari will describe how astronomers use wide-field optical telescopes to monitor the night sky and catch supermassive black holes that light up in the act of feeding on stars and gas. Watching how these “hungry” black holes digest their meals can reveal their mass, spin and binarity—the fundamental parameters of an astrophysical black hole. Dr. Gezari will highlight results from UMD’s participation in three state-of-the-art optical time-domain surveys: the Pan-STARRS1 survey, Palomar Transient Factory and Zwicky Transient Facility.

This event is a partnership with The Clarice and MilkBoy ArtHouse, a local crossroads for dynamic entertainment, social gathering and creative dining in downtown College Park, Maryland.

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