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The Science of Interstellar: May 3 Lecture with Dr. Jeremy Schnittman

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..

interstellarJeremy 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]

The lecture will be later broadcast on the library’s webcast page and YouTube channel “Topics in Science” playlist.

3 Comments

  1. Lin
    April 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Is there a larger version of the poster for this lecture?

  2. Ellen Terrell
    April 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Lin – I have made it so that if you click on the image you should see a much larger picture of the flier.

  3. David Steve Matthe
    April 28, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Goddard Space: Dr. Geremy Shnittman an astrophysicist has very interesting reports on theoretical and computational
    modeling of black hole accretion flows, X-ray polarimetry
    binaries gravitational wave sources and exoplanet atmospheres. The earth polarity is that quality of a body
    by which it exhibits certain properties related to a line of direction through its mass, and the atmosphere is the mass of gases that surround the earth. Are there any gases surrounding the exoplanet? The other interesting science is the astrobiology is there a sign of life? these are modern sciences for the world. Probably there will be STEM on astromathematics, astrochemistry, astrophysics and astrobiology for the astroscientists

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