Vicky Fawcett -STEMFest in Space

Monster Black holes and Quasars

Vicky Fawcett

Black holes are incredibly dense objects formed form the collapse of massive stars, where the gravity is so strong that not even light can escape.

More about Vicky……..

Victoria biog – Victoria is a postgraduate research student at Durham University investigating quasars, their properties and role in the evolution of the galaxy. Earlier this year, Vicky won silver in a national parliamentary competition receiving £750 in prize money and a medal.

Brief description of session:

Black holes are incredibly dense objects formed form the collapse of massive stars, where the gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. We now know that the majority of galaxies host a supermassive black hole in their centre – black holes that can be billion of times the mass of our Sun! Some supermassive black holes power exotic objects called quasars which are some of the brightest objects in the Universe. I will talk about how we find black holes, the first ever photo of a supermassive black hole and the most distant quasar ever discovered.

Type of session:

Lecture

Suitable for:

Key Stage  3, 4, 5