A Beginner’s Guide to Black Holes – with Amélie Saintonge

From The Royal Institution.

What is a black hole and how does it come into being? Amélie Saintonge takes us on a lightspeed tour of these fascinating celestial giants.
Watch the Q&A: https://youtu.be/ZaB7fni6hGY

Black holes are one of the strangest and most fascinating things in the universe. They are massively heavy, with gravity so strong that even light can’t escape them. When they collide, they release such huge amounts ofenergy that they send ripples through spacetime itself. Despite these colossal features, we can’t even directly observe them with telescopes.

Amélie Saintonge is Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at University College London (UCL).Her research is currently funded by the Royal Society through a University Research Fellowship.

Her research programme is centered around the question of what regulates the growth and evolution of galaxies. In particular, she uses radio telescope to make a census of the cold gas contents of large sample of galaxies; understanding when, where and how galaxies efficiently form stars out of gas is key in identifying the mechanism driving their evolution.

She regularly talks about her work to public audiences. Recent gigs have included New Scientist Live, the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit, the Hay Festival, the IOP Festival of Physics, and the Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival.

This talk was recorded on 15 July 2021.

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