A supermassive black hole has the mass of millions, and sometimes billions, of Suns. Far from the stuff of science fiction, evidence suggests that there is one in the center of every galaxy—including our own. Counter to their name and reputation, they power some of the brightest phenomena in the Universe, and play major roles in shaping their cosmic environment. In this talk, I will describe what astronomers have learned about supermassive black holes (and the evidence behind this knowledge), as well as open questions that are at the forefront of current research.
Dr. Takamitsu is a Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook. He joined the Dept. in 2014 and works on supermassive black holes and accretion processes.