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Columbia University - Pupin Hall
120 St., New York, NY 10027


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Mar 22 2024


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


“Black Hole Paleontology” lecture & stargazing

Join us in Pupin Hall at Columbia University on the evening of Friday, March 22 for a full night of astronomy! This will be our last public lecture before the April 8 total solar eclipse, so come by to hear about the eclipse and to pick up your eclipse glasses!

Our main speaker on March 22 will be Columbia astrophysicist Dr. Floor Broekgaarden, who will be telling us about “Black Hole Paleontology”:

“Stars more than ten times heavier than our sun are extremely rare, but play an outsized role in our Universe: from shaping galaxies to producing all the oxygen we breathe. Despite their importance, much about these massive stars remains a mystery. Like paleontologists, who study the bones of dinosaurs to understand how they lived, we will journey through the lives of massive stars by studying their fossils: black holes.”

We will start the evening at 7:00pm with some astronomy trivia (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!!), followed by Dr. Broekgaarden’s talk. From 8:10pm – 9:10pm, we will be outside stargazing on College Walk (weather permitting).

The lecture will take place in Pupin Hall 301. Signs will be posted to direct you to the lecture hall, and general directions to Columbia and Pupin Hall can be found under the “Directions” tab. Outdoor observing/stargazing will take place on College Walk, the portion of 116th street crossing through Columbia’s main campus; we will walk down to College Walk as a group following the lecture and Q&A. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided by Columbia Astronomy.

This event is free and open to all — stay only as long as you want. If you plan to attend this event, please fill out the RSVP form at tinyurl.com/columbia-astro-mar22.

If you’d like to be added to the Columbia Astronomy Outreach emailing list, navigate to the “Contact” tab on the left or send us an email at astro-outreach-admin@columbia.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in Pupin Hall this semester!