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Science Inquiry Lecture: A Revolution in Astronomy

Join MOR and the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences as we explore innovative science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by an engaging question and answer session.

How do you revolutionize astronomy four centuries after Galileo first turned a telescope to the sky? Dr. Neil Cornish, professor of Physics at Montana State University and director of the eXtreme Gravity Institute, will offer his answer in the fifth and final presentation of the winter/spring Science Inquiry Lecture Series.

In his presentation, A Revolution in Astronomy, Cornish will discuss how gravitational wave observatories are detecting collisions of black holes and neutron stars and providing new insights into the nature of gravity, the properties of matter at extreme densities, and the origin of many elements in the periodic table.

Cornish holds a PhD From the University of Toronto, and has worked with the late Stephen Hawking’s’ research group at the University of Cambridge and at Princeton University where he worked on a NASA mission imaging the afterglow of the Big Bang. At MSU, he leads a research group pioneering the new field of Gravitational Wave Astronomy—his research contributing to the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015. He and his group shared in the 2016 Breakthrough Prize and the 2016 Gruber Cosmology Prize for the discovery. He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society and a NASA science advisor.