The David Godfrey Lecture: Supermassive Black Holes: Megan Whewell

May 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9HT

The David Godfrey Lecture: Supermassive Black Holes

Megan Whewell (Astrophysics Group, Mullard Space Science Laboratory of University College London)

At the centre of every galaxy (including our own) we believe there is a supermassive black hole, some of which are feeding on dust and gas around them, making them look even brighter than stars! Using simple techniques we can learn a lot about these strange objects. Megan Whewell will take us to distant Active Galactic Nuclei, explaining how multi-wavelength observations let us unravel what’s really going on up close to these black holes. There may even be mention of a video game!
Megan Whewell studied Natural Sciences MSci at University College London, where she learnt both the science of Astrophysics and how to talk about it. After this she worked at the National Space Centre, Leicester, for two years, teaching many school students and public visitors about the excitement of space. Megan is currently in the last year of her PhD at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, studying Active Galactic Nuclei using X-ray Spectroscopy.

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