2:00 pm
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Ismaili Centre, Toronto
49 Wynford Drive North York M3C 1K1 Canada


Over the past few decades, astronomers have identified numerous tantalizing observations suggesting black holes are real, but the possibility of actually seeing one seemed like a pipe dream. All of this changed this past April when the world awoke to the first image ever taken of a black hole...

In this lecture, Professor Avery Broderick will tell the incredible tale of how a global collaboration of astronomers, physicists and engineers travelled to the ends of the Earth to synthesize a telescope. The size of the Earth, this telescope is the only instrument capable of probing the staggeringly small scales presented by black holes.