Tag: Black Holes

Cold Quasars: The Death of Galaxies with Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick

Cold Quasars: The Death of Galaxies with Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick

What are quasars? Are Black Holes Really Black? Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick, astrophysicist at the University of Kansas, recently announced her discovery of cold quasars a new object in the field of astronomy — galaxies featuring an abundance of cold gas that can produce new stars despite having a quasar at the center. The breakthrough finding overturns assumptions about the end state of galaxies and may represent a phase of the death of a galaxy that was previously unknown. John Michael Godlier spoke to Dr. Kirkpatrick about this discovery as well as the future of the Milky Way galaxy and its eventual merger with Andromeda. Discussing if we will need to worry about a future where our galaxy becomes a quasar and earth possibly becomes in the path of a blazar. As well as how supermassive black holes collide, if black holes are really black and how black holes can get ejected due to collisions and wander through the universe unseen.


Season 1 Premiere: Dr. Avi Loeb

Season 1 Premiere: Dr. Avi Loeb

In our series premier, John Michael Godier is joined by Dr. Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University.

Dr. Loeb serves as Chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, Founding Director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics . He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, serves as the Science Theory Director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, as well as Chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 2012, TIME magazine selected Loeb as one of the 25 most influential people in space.


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