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Astronomy Winter Lecture Series

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00pm
Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium

A Shout Through Space and Time: Einstein's Legacy
Nico Yunes, Assistant Professor of Phyics, MSU

In 1905 and then again in 1915, a young office clerk put forth several revolutionary
ideas that would soon shake the foundations of physics. Albert Einstein elevated these ideas to physical
theories and all of his predictions have come to pass, except one: gravitational waves.
These waves are produced in the most violent and energetic events in the Universe, such as when
black holes and neutron stars collide, but they have so-far evaded direct detection due to their
inherent feebleness. Join MSU Assistant Professor Nico Yunes as he describes Einstein's gravitational
waves and how they encode the secrets of black holes, as well as neutron stars and our current efforts
to detect them and verify Einstein's last untested prediction. Yunes is one of the newest members
of the MSU physics department and was an Einstein Fellow at MIT before coming to Montana.

Sponsored by the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society.

This public talk is part of the Celebrating Einstein event