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Thu 9/13, 2012, 7:30pm
Caleb Scharf
Black Holes Blow Bubbles

We’ve long understood black holes as points at which the universe comes to an end—mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape. Recent research, however, has revealed an entirely different side to black holes: Astrophysicist Caleb Scharf, author of Gravity’s Engines, says they don’t just inhale everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. In essence, black holes blow bubbles—and in explaining how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them, Scharf opens up some fundamental questions about the universe. Presented as part of Seattle Science Lectures, with Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.

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