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Astronomer Explains the Mystery of Black Holes at USD April 21

AAS Shapley Lecture Debunks Myths About Black Holes

VERMILLION, S.D. – Astronomer and NASA investigator Peter Roming, Ph.D., will address the fact and fiction of black holes in space during a public lecture April 21 at the University of South Dakota.

Roming is a staff scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, where he specializes in astrophysics. His lecture is part of the AAS Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecture program, which brings astronomers to North American colleges, especially those not offering astronomical degrees. Roming has been the lead investigator on a number of NASA-related instruments and mission concepts. His research covers ground-based astronomical instrumentation, the violent death of massive stars and observational cosmology.

Roming’s presentation will address the mystery around black holes and will debunk movie myths and rumors about how black holes work. He also will discuss what happens when something or someone falls into a black hole. The lecture is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Endowment Fund.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be in Farber Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

For more information, contact Joel Sander at or 605-677-3966.


Hanna DeLange
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