Shaping Galaxies with Supermassive Black Hole Winds

Tue 1 Dec 2020

Online Attendance Only


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Speaker: Mitchell Revalski (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Galaxies are a diverse population with a wide range of sizes, shapes, intensity of star formation, and masses of the supermassive black holes at their cores. These characteristics can show intriguing correlations. A key ingredient in forming those relationships may be supermassive black hole winds, which are energetic flows of gas powered by the light emitted from growing black holes.

These winds can sculpt the shapes of galaxies, determine the rate at which stars can form, and push heavy elements into the voids between galaxies.

Join Dr. Mitchell Revalski of the Space Telescope Science Institute for a visual exploration of what recent observations and simulations have taught us about these winds and how they may influence the development of galaxies.

Recorded live on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.


The STScI Public Lecture Series offers talks on a diverse selection of cosmic topics, typically held the first Tuesday of every month. The 2020 Public Lecture Series is implementing an online-only format. This lecture will be presented with a livestream to YouTube, and questions can be asked in the YouTube chat. As usual, the recording will also be posted on our YouTube channel. We will, as necessary, adjust from the traditional first Tuesday at 8 PM schedule to accommodate our speakers. 

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