An international team of astronomers with the Event Horizon Telescope recently released the first ever image of a black hole. Katie Mack, cosmologist at NC State University, joins us to talk about this latest astronomical achievement, the science of black holes, and how understanding black holes yields clues to the eventual end of the Universe.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.