Houston Museum of Natural Science

Mapping the Heavens — Black Holes and Dark Matter by Priyamvada Natarajan

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

06:30 PM

Radical ideas--dark matter and black holes--which were just until recently contested within the scientific community, have transformed our cosmic view. Our Universe is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Dr. Priya Natarajan will discuss how she is now able to map these invisible entities by observing how light bends around them while en route to Earth from distant galaxies. This advancement has led to the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Priya Natarajan is professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University and has been elected into the Explorers Club. Book signing of "Mapping the Heavens, The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos" with River Oaks Bookstore will follow the lecture.


  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Members $12, Tickets $18

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. The parking garage is $10 for museum members and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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