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Kentucky Sky Talk: The Heart of the Milky Way

Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Gemunu Ekanayake (UK)
Intended Audience:
Open to Public


 The Galactic Center is one of the most active research fields in modern astronomy. The most prominent feature in the galactic center is a supermassive black hole (SMBH). Due to its proximity, it has become a unique astrophysical laboratory to study the physics behind supermassive black holes and its surroundings.In this talk I will talk about the discovery of SMBH in the center of our galaxy and outline some of the most recent developments in the Galactic center research.


The University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome the public to our astronomical observatory. Part of our program of public outreach is a presentation on an interesting topic in astronomy followed by a visit to the observatory.  The Kentucky SkyTalk is held on the second Thursday of each month.  A 45 minute program on astronomy will begin at 8:00 PM in Room 155 of the Chemistry-Physics Building. After the presentation, you are invited to view the sky through our 20-inch telescope, weather permitting.

Free parking is available on the top floor of parking structure #2, next to the observatory. With the exception of paid parking, without a valid parking permit, leaving your vehicle somewhere other than next to the observatory will result in a parking citation.

All are welcome and there is no charge. Tell your neighbors. Bring your kids.

Weather Caveat: If the university closes for a weather emergency, the SkyTalk will be postponed and the observatory will not be open.

A SkyTalk flyer in pdf format, sky maps for April, and a link to a campus map are available here: