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Frank K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture Series

The annual F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lectures were established to honor the memory of Professor Frank Kelly Edmondson, a faculty member of the Department of Astronomy at Indiana University from 1937 until his retirement in 1983, and as Chair of the Department from 1944 until 1978. Professor Edmondson is remembered not only for his contributions to the study of asteroids through the Indiana Asteroid Program, but also for his dedication and service to Indiana University and to the astronomical community. The Edmondson Lectures are endowed in honor of Professor Edmondson by his family and friends.

The 7th Annual F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture


The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy

Andrea Ghez (UCLA)

Abstract: Andrea Ghez and her team use the world's most powerful telescopes and next-generation imaging technology to peer into the heart of our galaxy. From the motions of stars, she measures the mass of the Milky Way’s black hole, and suggests that most, if not all, galaxies harbor such objects at their cores. Come and explore the bizarre environment near a supermassive black hole and learn how her work tests Einstein's theory of relativity.


2019: Andrea Ghez
2018: Vicky Kalogera
2017: Wendy Freedman
2016: Josh Winn
2015: Kathryn Johnston
2014: Martha P. Haynes
2013: David Morrison