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Nov. 6, 2007

Café Scientifique presents free talk on the center of our galaxy Nov. 8

"A Journey into the Center of the Galaxy" will be the topic of a free, public talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, on the Mezzanine Floor of the Cottage Bakery and Café, 14 S. Linn St. in Iowa City. Cornelia Lang, assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, will speak.

Lang's work is focused on radio and x-ray observations of the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy, and describing what we can observe, as well as whether a super massive black hole is at its center. In her talk, she plans to describe how scientists learn about what lies at the center of the galaxy, despite the fact that gas and dust absorb visual light and obscure our view.

The talk is the second to be presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City during the fall 2007 semester. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is

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