Mitchell faculty to present on black holes and wormholes 

Mitchell’s Dr. Pam Khurana will present at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute’s (PARI) September 8 Evening at PARI program: Black holes and Wormholes. The event will take place on the PARI campus (1 PARI Drive, Rosman, NC  28772) and reservation tickets are required.


 “A black hole is a great amount of matter packed into a very small space,” said Dr. Khurana. “Think of a star ten times more massive than the Sun squeezed into a sphere about the diameter of New York City. The black hole is so dense light cannot escape so, while they cannot actually be seen, I will discuss how scientists can detect them in the universe.” Wormholes, Dr. Khurana noted, are theoretical passages through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. “Although they are still hypothetical, wormholes have been popularized in a number of Hollywood films, including ‘Interstellar,’ the box office smash from a couple of years ago. We will discuss the theory behind wormholes and what they might mean for humans as we push deeper into space.”


Dr. Khurana received her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. She has taught for 25 years in India, Canada and the U.S. and has published 16 research articles. Dr. Khurana currently teaches in Mitchell’s science department.



The September 8 presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a campus tour and a visit to PARI’s Exhibit Gallery. If weather permits, a tour of the Nature Center where PARI astronomers and volunteers will use PARI’s telescopes will be included in the event. Reservations can be made on PARI's website. Deadline for reservations is 3 p.m. on September 8. Additional information is available online or by contacting Sarah Chappell at (828) 862-5554 or