Searching for the First Black Holes in the Universe with Ryan Hickox

At the center of every large galaxy lies a supermassive black hole that can weigh up to several billion times the mass of our Sun. But how did supermassive black holes get to be so supermassive? Dr. Ryan Hickox joins us to talk about how space telescopes like the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the proposed Lynx X-Ray observatory, Hubble, and the James Webb Space Telescope are and will help us to understand these objects better.

Ryan Hickox is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College and an observational astrophysicist with primary interests in supermassive black holes and the evolution of galaxies. Professor Hickox joins us to talk about his quest to find the first supermassive black holes to form in the Universe.

This event is presented by Towson University and the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences in partnership with Launch Pad Astronomy.

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