Education and Outreach
The UCLA Galactic Center group is committed to promoting public understanding of current and exciting scientific research. Just getting started? See our introduction to Galactic Center research, a Journey to the Center of the Milky Way, by Breann Sitarski and Dr. Angelle Tanner. This tutorial introduces the center of our Galaxy and discusses the processes occuring there. It also shows the Galactic Center at different wavelengths and discusses what we can learn from that information.
Mountain Planetarium in Kingsport, Tennessee is currently
featuring the Galactic center in two planetarium programs:
"Appalachian Skies" and "Under the Milky Way"
How do you observe something you can't see?
See Andrea Ghez's TED talk which explains how the UCLA Galactic Center Group has searched out, and found, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy.
Monster of the Milky Way
A NOVA production that explores the question of whether a supermassive black hole lurks at the center of our Galaxy.
Material for Public Use
- Galactic Center Slide Show,
Powerpoint by Jessica Lu
This Powerpoint slide show was originally written for the
UCLA Planetarium. The show is for viewers of all ages and
is a pictoral journey into the center of our galaxy. It also
explores the nature of the supermassive black hole. Notes
explaining each slide acccompany the presentation. --
Best viewed in Slide Show mode
3D Interactive Animation of the stars orbiting the supermassive
black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Our collaboration with
the Cosmus group is an effort to make current science available
to the public for classroom use or for planetarium
and museum settings.
Please see our Pictures/Animations
page for additional annimations and movies.
Decade of the Monster by Ron Cowen
An article about the
mysterious source, G2, and its impending approach to the supermassive
black hole, Sgr A*.
Absolute Revolution by Andrea Ghez.
on the role that Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics has played
in research on the center of our Galaxy. Published in Keck
Observatory's e-magazine Cosmic Matters.
- Homing in on Black Holes by Robert Irion.
This featured cover story of Smithsonian Magazine describes
how Andrea Ghez and the UCLA Galactic Center group have
"homed in" on our Galaxy's supermassive black
Milky Way's Dark, Starving Pit by Robert Irion.
article in Science magazine on the discovery of fast moving
stars in the Galactic center.
Black Holes May Hold Keys to Galaxy Formation by Marc
An article discussing the relationship
betwen supermassive black holes, like the one in the
Galactic center, and the formation of galaxies. Published
in the Washington Post.
Way's Central Monster Measured by Robert Naeye.
article published in Sky and Telescope about how the UCLA
Galactic Center Group has measured the mass of the Milky
Way's central black hole.
Questions or Comments? Please
send inquiries to kphifer ( at ) ucla . astro . edu