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The first ever photo of a black hole was unveiled to the world in 2019. But what exactly is a blackhole? and how do we see so far into space? Join us at the Mercantile pub (Cellar bar) for an exploration outside our pale blue dot and into deep space where we discover the new ways we peer into the universe and we encounter a blackhole up close and personal with a virtual reality blackhole experience.
Black Hole Astronomy
Black holes, as their name suggestions, emit no light. How then do we find and study these illusive objects in the vastness of the cosmos? In this talk I will discuss how the influence of a black hole on nearby objects allows us to infer their existence. This can lead to electromagnetic observations of nearby luminous matter such as orbiting stars or surrounding accretion disks. One black hole can also orbit another, spiralling inwards before merging in one of the most violent events in the universe. This disturbs the fabric of space and time which we measure on Earth as gravitational waves
EIRSAT-1 :Ireland's First Satellite
Lána Salmon (PhD student in the UCD Space Science group)
EIRSAT-1 is a collaborative student-led mission to design, build, launch and operate Ireland's first satellite. Chosen as part of the European Space Agency's Fly Your Satellite! Programme, EIRSAT-1 is a 2U CubeSat which is a type of miniatuve satellite. It will fly 3 novel Irish experiments in space including GMOD, a novel miniature gamma-ray detector. Our second experiment is EMOD, which will test Irish company ENBIO's thermal control coatings in space. Our software payload is WBC, Wave Based Control, a novel way of calculating how to counteract the spinning of the satellite in space.