This talk was given in the Great Lakes Lectures series on May 27, 2021. Note that gifs and videos won't render in the pdf here.
Watch a video of me giving this talk (and struggle as a weather forecaster) here! https://www.facebook.com/101977881748388/videos/765172087493089
Black holes formed from dying stars are the densest things in the universe. They have ten to one hundred times the mass of the Sun crammed into a space that is only tens of miles across. Black holes get their name because their gravity is so strong that not even light can escape, so they look black to us. However, even though light can't escape from inside them, we still know where lots of them are. Scientists can find and study black holes from effects they have on the space environment around them. In this talk, I'll tell you about the ways we have of finding black holes and learning more about their extreme physics.