Supermassive Black Holes

April 14, 2023


Supermassive black holes: how to feed them and what happens when you do..!

Supermassive black holes are present in the centres of practically all massive galaxies. Through most of their lives they have little impact on their surrounding galaxies. In rare cases, however, gas accretes onto the black hole, turning it into a so-called active galactic nucleus. These objects can outshine entire galaxies.

In this recording of a talk held on April 14th 2023, Dr Carolin Villforth, senior lecturer in the Astrophysics group at University of Bath explains how gas is driven onto supermassive black holes to make them active and how an accreting black hole can impact its host galaxy.

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