UofT AstroTour: The Energetic Lives of Supermassive Black Holes

Doughnut-shaped cloud surrounds black hole
Doughnut-shaped cloud surrounds black hole, Artist's impression ©ESA, V. Beckmann (GSFC)
Thursday, June 7, 2018 -
9:00pm to 11:30pm

Join us for our June AstroTour, starting with a talk by Dr. Rachael Alexandroff at 9:00pm on June 7th! After the talk, we will have planetarium shows, telescope observing (weather dependent), and more astronomy activities.

Planetarium tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis outside MP 103 (limit 5 per person) starting at 8:45PM. Any remaining tickets will be available after the talk.

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are some of the brightest objects in our universe - the result of supermassive black holes swallowing large amounts of gas and dust. We see them in every corner of our universe from the local neighbourhood near our galaxy to some of the farthest reaches of the cosmos.

Yet there is much we still don’t know about these sources. For example, how did they grow to be so big so early in the universe’s lifetime and what effect do they have on their host galaxies? Rachael Alexandroff will provide a guided tour of the current state of our knowledge of AGN as well as discuss how future observatories will help us address some of the open questions we are still struggling to answer.

The U of T Astronomy Public Tour, or AstroTour, is a monthly event operated by the graduate students of the U of T Astronomy Department. The Tour features a public lecture by a member of the Department on topics ranging from their research to great moments in astronomical history. Following the lecture, tour-goers can peer at the night sky through the Department’s balcony and dome telescopes, or watch a planetarium show run live by astronomer. Admission to the tour is free. Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis (doors open ten minutes before the start of the lecture), and the telescope observing is walk-in.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: Graduate Astronomy Students Association. The AstroTours are generously financed by the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Location: University of Toronto, McLennan Physical Laboratories (MP 103), 60 St George St., Toronto, ON  M5S 1A7