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image from NASA/CXC/SAO/H.Marshall et al.) black hole/ 3D view

Cosmic Jets: New Building Blocks of the Universe

presented by Dr. David Meier
JPL Astrophysicist, Division of Telecommunications Science and Engineering


If you wish to view a tape of this show please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.


Thursday, October 16 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA
Friday, October 17 The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. PDT and run for approximately an hour.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.

Mysterious and dynamic, cosmic jets are some of the most prevalent and influential events in the Universe. These jets occurred before and during the formation of our solar system, possibly driving the explosion of the supernova that formed our solar system. They also accompany the death of stars, including the eventual demise of our own Sun. Cosmic jets fill the space between galaxies with high-energy particles and may be responsible for generating most of the magnetic energy in the universe. Black hole formation also can lead to the formation of these jets and ultimately trigger a gamma-ray burst, the most powerful object in the Universe. This presentation will focus on cosmic jets and how this spectacular phenomenon is an integral part of our origins and in the structure and evolution of the Universe.

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