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Black Hole Researcher Headlines USD Astronomy Day

Vuk Mandic Vuk Mandic, physics professor at the University of Minnesota will speak about his work on the LIGO collaboration at USD Astronomy Day, April 27.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Physics will host its annual Astronomy Day this Thursday, April 27.

The keynote speaker, Vuk Mandic, physics professor at the University of Minnesota will speak about his work on the LIGO collaboration and its recent discovery of gravitational waves. The lecture takes place in Patterson Hall and begins at 7 p.m.

Joel Sander, USD professor of physics spoke about the importance of this discovery. “These waves were created by two black holes merging and were predicted by Einstein 100 years ago,” said Sander. “This is one of the most important discoveries of the decade. I look forward to what Dr. Mandic will tell us about this discovery and what it enables for the future of astronomy."

Mandic will also give a more technical lecture to faculty earlier in the day.


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Hanna DeLange
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