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YS Astrophysics Workshop - Black Holes, from Young-Scientist

Sun, 1 Dec 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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Please note that this is a kid-only workshop

Class VI to X

Black holes are the strangest things in the Universe at the edge of human understanding. It is the remnant core of a massive star that has exhausted its nuclear fuel and dies, collapsing under its own gravity.

We will continue our journey through the YS Astrophysics Workshop Series and focus this time on Black Holes. The material is derived from the successful 12-week course offered at the YS Science Centre over a period of three months. This workshop will be challenging and use concepts from Quantum Mechanics and Relativity to study Astronomy. Only highly motivated students are recommended to register.

All registrants will be given a preliminary online quiz. Please ensure that the student takes the quiz honestly.

A video of the previous session on Introduction to Astrophysics. If you missed it, you can catch up through the online workshop on 23rd.

Questions to explore:

  • What is a black hole?
  • How are they formed?
  • What is Event Horizon?
  • Is the film "Interstellar" accurate?
  • What happens when you fall into a black hole?
  • How does gravity affect light when photons have no mass?
  • What is a singularity?
  • What are wormholes?
  • How big can black holes get?

Workshop Objective:

  • Explore astrophysics further and study the science behind Black Holes.
  • Review stellar mechanics and clarify the conditions necessary for a black hole to form.
  • Apply concepts from Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics to understand how Black Holes behave.
  • Introduce concepts like Schwarzschild radius, Hawking radiation, information loss paradox, etc.

The workshop will comprise of three parts:

Part I 
Review of Stellar Mechanics

  • Types of stars
  • Stellar nucleosynthesis
  • Supernovae 
  • Charles' Law
  • How are black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarves formed?
  • Chandrasekhar Limit

Part II
Black Holes

  • HIstory, prediction, and detection
  • Schwarzschild radius and Event Horizon
  • Virtual particles and Hawking radiation

Part III
Genius of Einstein

  • General Relativity of Einstein
  • Gravitational Lensing
  • Detection of Black Holes
  • Gravitational Waves


  • Astronomy Quiz
  • Charles' Law Demonstration
  • Flow Chart - Life of a Star
  • Gravitational lensing
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Young-Scientist (YS) was founded in 2015 with the aim to make science simple and fun for children. It provides science enrichment programs that emphasize visual learning and employs hands-on activities. Young-Scientist has been incorporated as Jeune Scientist Pvt. Ltd.

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