Weekly Space Hangout: May 25, 2022: Why Hello Sag A* – It’s Nice to Finally See You, with Dr. Lia Medeiros

On May 12th, 2022, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration released the first-ever direct image of Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Tonight we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Lia Medeiros, a member of the EHT Collaboration, to the WSH. If you watched the NSF’s streaming Q&A session following their press conference, you may recognize Lia as a member of the panel. Read More

Weekly Space Hangout: May 18, 2022 — Bringing Exoplanets into Focus, Bit by Bit with Alex Madurowicz

Tonight’s guest is Alexander Madurowicz, PhD candidate at Stanford University. Alex has developed an algorithm that reconstructs an exoplanet’s surface using a single, annular image acquired by looking directly at the sun. Light from this ring is then undistorted by reversing its having been bent by the gravitational lens (i.e., our Sun,) which yields the ring of light being turned back into a whole, round planet. Read More