April 19, 2021 Program Meeting

Speakers: Dr. Xiaohui Fan, Dr. Jinyi Yang, Dr. Feige Wang

Topic: The Earliest Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

A trio of astronomers from the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory present new results: Regents’ Professor Xiaohui Fan “Discovery of the brightest quasar in the early universe”, Strittmatter Fellow Dr. Jinyi Yang “Pōniuāʻena”, the first known billion solar mass black hole at reionization”, and NASA Hubble Fellow Dr. Feige Wang “Discovery of the most distant quasar at 13 billion light years.” Together, these discoveries reveal the existence of extremely massive black holes within one billion years after the Big Bang, a result challenging our understanding of how black holes formed and grew in the first generation of galaxies.

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