It's the week for submission of Discovery Projects, our main funding route through the Australian Research Council. Our current proposal is almost 150 pages long, and I feel like we've been working on it since the Cosmological Dark Ages. It will be good to submit it, but don't think that means I get a break. No, it's time to catch up on all the stuff that has been on the back-burner when grant writing :)
So, a quick post today on an article I wrote for The Conversation called "Cutting through the spin on supermassive black holes". As the name suggests, I describe how astronomers can not only measure the mass of black holes, but can also calculate their spin.
I'll let you read the article, and will happily answer any questions below. The crux is that supermassive black holes spin, and often appear to be spinning as fast as they can.
And it works!
And to me, that shows the power of science and the human mind. Amazing.