Northwestern Astrophysics Professor to Give Presentation on Milky Way Galaxy at JJC Oct. 18

The Joliet Junior College Natural Sciences Department and Trackman Planetarium are hosting a public talk entitled “What is Happening at the Center of our Galaxy?” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in D-2001 on the Main Campus, 1215Northwestern Astrophysics Professor to Give Presentation on Milky Way Galaxy at JJC Oct. 18 Houbolt Rd. in Joliet. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Farhad Yusef-Zadeh, a professor of astrophysics at Northwestern University, will give the presentation. He will give an overview of recent astronomical observations that indicate evidence for a mighty black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Using a large of number telescopes simultaneously focused on the black hole, he will show its daily flaring activity.
 
Dr. Zadeh will also talk about the formation of young stars near this supermassive black hole, a seemingly unlikely place for young stars to form. Recent ideas on how stars are formed near this black hole will be discussed.
Professor Zadeh attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook for his undergraduate studies in physics. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Columbia University in 1986. He spent two years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center working as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow before joining the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University in 1988. His main interest is to understand the physical processes that take place in the nucleus of our galaxy, the nature of supernova remnants interacting with molecular clouds, and star formation occurring in regions of ionized hydrogen. The data he analyzes and interprets for these projects are taken with radio telescopes and to a lesser extent with infrared, X-ray and optical telescopes.
 
This presentation is suitable for ages 6 and older. Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Professor Noella D’Cruz at ndcruz@jjc.edu or (815)280-2572.

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