UH Hilo to host talk on catching waves from black holes

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Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Physics and Astronomy program hosts a talk by Dr. Brittany Kamai, an experimental astrophysicist from the California Institute of Technology, on Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the UH Hilo Science and Technology Building (STB), Room 108.

Kamai will talk about how scientists catch waves from black holes, supernovae and other exotic objects in the universe, and a new way of gaining information by a messenger called gravitational waves.

“We have built very fancy rulers that can measure this new wave, which stretches and squeezes the fabric of space,” Kamai said. “I will discuss how we do that with detectors here on Earth and future plans to measure gravitational waves from outer space.”

For more information, contact John Coney at 932-7187, email uhhpa@hawaii.edu, or visit http://astro.uhh.hawaii.edu/.

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