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Science AMA Series: I’m Michael Tremmel, an astrophysicist studying supermassive black holes and galaxies using computer simulations. I’ll be talking about supermassive black holes, their galaxies, and why some may be “wandering” around. AMA!
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Edit: Thanks everyone for the questions so far! I’ll be taking a break, but I will periodically check back throughout the rest of the day and tomorrow as well if there are any more questions! This was fun, thank you! I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. My research involves using large computer simulations to model the growth and evolution of galaxies and their supermassive black holes. My recent work, where we predict that massive galaxies like our own should host several “wandering” supermassive black holes, has recently been the subject of a press release. Given that this work has generated some interest on reddit, I thought this would be a great opportunity to answer questions about this paper, as well as supermassive black holes in general. Why do we care about supermassive black holes and how does this study help change how we understand them? I’ll be back at 1 pm ET to answer your questions, AMA!