Black holes, objects with an escape velocity that exceeds the speed of light and from which nothing – not even light – can escape, were first discussed as hypothetical objects over 230 years ago. Largely forgotten for over a century, the prediction of black holes within the framework of General Relativity was confirmed with the publishing of the Schwarzschild metric 100 years ago. The accretion of matter into black holes has begun to be explored in the past two decades. Rather than acting as cosmic sinks of matter and energy, black holes energize and reinvigorate their environments via powerful kinetic feedback and the formation of relativistic jets. This talk discusses the cutting edge science in current black hole studies, and how ideas surrounding the role of black holes in the evolution of the universe are being reshaped.

Image © NASA/CXC/M.Weiss 

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