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Black Holes and Gravity Waves Expert to Give Free Presentation in Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA) just announced they will be hosting Black Holes and Gravity Waves specialist, Dr. Edward Brown, in Grand Rapids for a special presentation of The Densest Matter in the Universe.

Dr. Brown will explain how recent discoveries in neutron stars and black holes have ushered in a new era of multi-messenger astronomy involving light, neutrinos and gravity waves.

“Now we are at the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy,” Dr. Brown said, “where the merging of two neutron stars can be detected through ripples in the fabric of space.”

The Densest Matter in the Universe will be presented by Dr. Brown on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m., at Schuler Books, located at 2660 28th St., SE. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Brown, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, has studied high density physics within celestial bodies and exploding stars, a cutting edge subject in his field. Brown also holds a joint appointment to The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and is a native of Ohio.

Brown will be the first special event speaker to honor the memory of James Marron, a longtime leader within the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association who passed away in March 2018. Annually, the GRPM and GRAAA will present speakers in memory of Marron.

Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing the study of astronomy and promoting astronomy and science education to the community. Located at the Veen Observatory in Lowell, MI, the GRAAA is an organization that offers information, guidance and memberships for anyone who is interested in astronomy. Visit graaa.org for more information.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting The Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.