The Ohio State University at Newark


Learn the Mysteries of Black Holes at Free Public Lecture

NEWARK, Ohio, September 25, 2017 – Learn about one of nature’s most puzzling and fascinating creations—black holes—at a free, family-friendly public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., hosted by The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology (The Works), 55 S. 1st St., Newark, Ohio. Black holes are extreme places in space where gravity is so great that nothing can escape—not even light. Join NASA astrophysicist and Works’ Chief Science Officer Dr. Michael Stamatikos, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particles Physics at The Ohio State University, on a cosmic journey to explore black holes. Discover how scientists hunt down the elusive black holes, in part by making time machines out of orbiting robotic satellites. Black holes not only exist, but are commonly found throughout the universe—even within the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

The Works and The Ohio State University at Newark announced in spring 2017 a unique public/private partnership to build a $1.4 million SciDome planetarium at The Works’ campus in downtown Newark. The 2,200 square foot facility will house a 30-foot tilted dome with 4K digital projection, NanoSeam™ technology and theater-style seating for 60 guests. This innovative collaboration will result in a dynamic educational partnership bringing state-of-the-art fulldome simulations and interdisciplinary programs to the public as well as Ohio State Newark students. To accomplish this breadth of programming, the SciDome will be a shared facility, open to The Works’ guests and school tours as well as Ohio State Newark classes and programming. A public opening of the SciDome is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018, offering free public admission to The Works from noon to 5 p.m.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.