Voyager Lecture Series: Ron Smith: Black Holes Near & Far, Large & Small
April 27th @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm$10 – $15
Voyager Lecture Series: Ron Smith
Black Holes Near & Far, Large & Small
Tuesday April 27th @ 7:30pm ($15/$10)
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children.
Over 200 years ago some astronomers speculated that if stars could collapse to a very small diameter, light may not be able escape. Instead of emitting light, they would be invisible. Now we think such objects exist. We call them black holes. Black holes may be much more than just objects of curiosity, they might be a critical component to the structure of our universe.
Not only do certain stars collapse to become black holes, but they can merge together to form supermassive black holes. Their gravity appears to be critical in forming galaxies. Supermassive black holes may have an opposite extreme. If our universe existed in a hyper dense state before the “Big Bang,” remnants of that earlier time might exist in the form of mini black holes. They might only have the mass of our earth, but be compressed into a diameter the size of ping pong ball
At 7:30pm on April 27th, the Voyager Lecture Series resumes with Ron Smith taking us on journey to discover black holes, both near and far, large and small.
Ron Smith’s teaching and lecturing career began at age 9 when his father took him to see a planetarium show at the Griffith Observatory. Ten years later Ron’s dream came true when he began giving planetarium shows at Griffith while pursuing an astronomy degree at the University of Southern California. After graduating from USC, Ron began his 34-year teaching career in the California Community College system. He first directed the Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College, then, two years later, became a professor of astronomy at Santa Monica College. His experience in junior college teaching, public lecturing at the Page Museum of Natural history, and planetarium show production gives him a broad-based science background. In retirement, Ron continues to enjoy sharing his love of science with audiences at Sunriver, Dixie State University, and Center for the Arts at Kayenta.
The Voyager Lecture Series–Evenings to Inspire Curiosity & Wonder–is generously sponsored by
Voyager Wealth Advisors, Inc., Cache Valley Bank, & State Farm Insurance Agent Sherry McGhee.