TAMU Astronomer Explores Connection Between Supermassive Black Holes And Their Home Galaxies

Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 5.14.47 PMTexas A&M University astronomer Jonelle Walsh doesn’t sugar-coat things regarding science’s understanding of the mysterious cosmic phenomenon known as supermassive black holes.

“There’s simply a lot we don’t know,” Walsh said, with emphasis on the “a lot” part.

Walsh, however, is not one to shy away from a challenge. As a Texas A&M Mitchell Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy who’s only six years removed from receiving her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine in 2011, she is the principal investigator of a 30-member international collaboration — not to mention the only representative from Texas A&M — that is examining the correlation between supermassive black holes and the galaxies in which they exist.

Walsh’s study is part of the Gemini Observatory’s Large and Long Program, which grants extra observation hours to high-impact projects.

Continue reading at http://today.tamu.edu/2017/03/24/astronomer-explores-connection-between-supermassive-black-holes-and-their-home-galaxies/

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