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Space: the final frontier. While not quite the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, we are starting to explore space and finding some surprising results. Join us as Gibwa Musoke and Anna Horleston speak about duelling black holes and earthquakes on Mars.
Immortal Combat - the million-year battle waged by two duelling black holes
Gibwa Musoke (Research Associate)
A spinning supermassive black hole feeding on material at the centre of a galaxy can drive some of the most highly energetic processes in the Universe. In its rush to feed only some of the material falls into the black hole, the rest is forcefully ejected in the form of immensely powerful jets. When two galaxies merge their black holes are brought in close proximity to each other. In rare cases both black holes launch jets that interact spectacularly and collide. We perform numerical simulations of jet collisions to uncover the underlying physics behind these complex interactions.
InSight : Taking the vital signs of Mars
Anna Horleston (Research Associate)
On May 5th, 2018, NASA launched the InSight Mission to Mars. As the first dedicated geophysics mission to another planet, InSight is designed to “take the vital signs” of the red planet by measuring the seismicity, the heat flux and Mars’s wobble. We have been receiving data from InSight since it landed on November 26th, 2018, first from the seismometer on the deck, and then from on the surface after its deployment there. I will talk about the mission, share the results we have, the amazing images we’ve taken, and what I do as part of the MarsQuake Service, looking for quakes on another planet