The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has just revealed a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the black hole in the heart of the M87 galaxy is able to launch energetic plasma jets from its core. In her presentation, Dr. Moscibrodzka will talk about these brand new observational results and their theoretical interpretation.
Followed by wine and cheese, Covid19 permitting.