Nov 18, 2012
Dr. Leo Meyer joins
Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss his UCLA research
group's discovery of S0-102, a star 11.5 light years from the
supermassive black hole at the core of our galaxy. The closest star
yet discovered to the galactic centre, S0-102 could provide a
unique opportunity to test Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
in an extreme environment. The two also cover the technological
revolutions at the Keck telescope that have made this and related
discoveries possible and what other surprises have been made and
may yet be in store in the dynamic and volatile region at the
centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.
About Leo Meyer
Dr. Leo Meyer is Assistant Researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California Los Angeles. He obtained his PhD in physics from the university of cologne, Germany. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service from 2008 to 2009 and a Graduate Fellowship of the Max-planck Society from 2005 to 2008. His research expertise lies in adaptive optics, general relativity, back holes and especially the Milky Way’s galactic centre.