Thursday, 08 October 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

Still from 3D Movie of Stellar Orbits in the Central Parsec

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 with one half to Roger Penrose University of Oxford, UK “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany and University of California, Berkeley, USA and Andrea Ghez University of California, Los Angeles, USA “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”.

(Image: still from 3D movie of stellar orbits in the central parsec). These image was created by Prof. Andrea Ghez and her research team at UCLA and is from data sets obtained with the W. M. Keck Telescopes. References and Credit: UCLA Galactic Center Group - W.M. Keck Observatory Laser Team)