Are There Massive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei?

  • Martin J. Rees
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 306)


Most of the talks at this conference deal with dark matter in the outlying parts of galaxies. This paper, in contrast, discusses the dark objects, probably massive black holes, which lurk at the centres of such normal galaxies as M31, and perhaps even our own. This subject is approached historically by considering the cosmic history of the quasar population. The evidence for massive black holes in the centres of some nearby galaxies is reviewed. Some interesting observational consequences (eg flares from tidally disrupted stars) are proposed and discussed.


Black Hole Orbital Plane Massive Black Hole Escape Velocity Loss Cone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin J. Rees
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  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland

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