JWST spots most distant MERGER of two supermassive black holes | Night Sky News May 2024

From Dr. Becky.

AD – Head to https://squarespace.com/drbecky to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRBECKY. | This month we’re chatting about the solar storm that caused the spectacular aurora (northern & southern lights) that so many of us saw far from the poles, the newly coated mirror of the Vera Rubin Observatory, the brand new images we’ve got from the Euclid space telescope, and how JWST has spotted the most distant merging supermassive black holes ever seen.

NASA aurora forecast – https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast
NASA space weather prediction centre – https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Übler et al. (2024; most distant supermassive black holes) – https://arxiv.org/pdf/2312.03589

More on the Vera Rubin Observatory – https://rubinobservatory.org/
More on the Euclid Space Telescope – https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Euclid

Euclid Early Release Observations press release (with images and links to scientific papers released 23/5/24) – https://www.euclid-ec.org/first-early-release-observation-science-and-reference-paper-release/

My previous video on the final parsec problem – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tXIoViA_0g

00:00 Intro
00:58 Solstice & Summer Triangle
02:02 Planets hiding behind the sun
03:33 Noctilucent clouds
06:10 Aurora caused by severe solar storm!
16:41 Vera Rubin Observatory primary mirror coating
18:37 Euclid releases new deep-field views of galaxies
22:59 JWST black hole merger in early Universe!

Video filmed on a Sony ⍺7 IV
Video edited by Jonny Hyman

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👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.