The public is invited to a free talk called “The Science of Interstellar: Life on Planets Around Black Holes” with Dr. Jeremy Schnittman in the Pickford Theater on third floor of the Madison Building on Tuesday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..
Jeremy Schnittman is a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. His research interests include theoretical and computational modeling of black hole accretion flows, X-ray polarimetry, black hole binaries, gravitational wave sources, gravitational microlensing, planetary dynamics, resonance dynamics, and exoplanet atmospheres.
“One of the great things about studying black holes is that you are constantly pushing your imagination and intuition to the limit,” Schnittman said. “The same is true about good science fiction movies like Interstellar: by stretching our imaginations, we can better understand how black holes behave in the real world.”
The presentation will address the “habitability zone” around supermassive black holes and will discuss the Hollywood movie in light of the physics governing accretion, relativity, and astrobiology.
For inquiries about this program contact the Science, Technology & Business Division at 202-707-1192. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].