Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galaxies: The View from Lick Observatory

Supermassive Black Holes in Active Galaxies: The View from Lick Observatory

Supermassive black holes are found in the centers of all large galaxies, and the masses of these black holes are closely correlated with the masses and other properties of their host galaxies. A major challenge for astronomers is to understand how supermassive black holes and galaxies co-evolved over the past 13 billion years. In this presentation, Prof. Barth gives an overview of work done by his group at Lick Observatory to study the close environments of black holes in nearby active galaxies using the method of reverberation mapping, and how these observations can help us understand the cosmic evolution of black holes.

Aaron Barth

Aaron Barth earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1998, and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and at Caltech. He has been a member of the UC Irvine faculty since 2004. His group carries out research on supermassive black holes and quasars, primarily using data from Lick Observatory, the Keck Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope.



"What's Up?" -- a presentation about what is in the night sky this month -- will be presented by John Garrett

Monthly General Meeting

The OCA has a general meeting held on the second Friday of every month* at Chapman University.

These meetings are free and open to the general public.

The meetings take place in The Irvine Lecture Hall with seating for approximately 250 people.

The Irvine Lecture Hall (located adjacent to the Hashinger Science Center) is near the south east corner of the campus
and the nearest cross street is East Palm Ave and North Center Street.

The meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM.

The basic agenda, with approximate times, is as shown below.

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-meeting Slide Show

Arrival of audience. This presentation includes recent astronomical photographs taken by OCA members.

7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Club Announcements
Usually presented by the OCA Secretary, Bob Buchheim.

7:45 PM - 8:15 PM "What's Up?"
Usually presented by OCA Member and Space Artist, Chris Butler.

8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Main Talk
Speakers are often from JPL/Caltech and other major educational and astronomical institutions.
The level of the talks are usually appropriate for anyone who has an interest in this hobby.

9:15 PM - 9:30 PM Refreshments
Break Donuts, coffee, soda are available for a small donation.

9:30 PM - 10:00 PM "Ask an Astronomer"
Anyone can stay behind and ask a panel of experts any burning question related to this hobby.

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  • Nick N.

    I will be attending with friends / companions from another group like the last event. We will probably have dinner, and a post event social located close to the Orange Circle/Chapman U. Please feel free to join us. Will post location once we've finalized.

    September 25, 2013

    • Dr. Brian H.

      Also, please feel free to take photos with your cell phone if you want, and then upload them here!

      October 14, 2013

    • Nick N.

      Thanks, Dr. Hart. I may not be able to make every single event, but will try to post when I possible (pics and activities). Thanks for the warm invite.

      October 14, 2013

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