It may sound like something out of the sit-com Big Bang Theory, but a University of Saskatchewan Honours Physics degree graduate was the lead author in an article about a supermassive black hole.
To be more exact, it’s the study of “an upper limit on the mass of a central black hole in the large magellanic cloud from the stellar rotation field” which sounds like something that would come out of Sheldon Cooper’s mouth, if you follow that television series.
In this case though, it’s from Hope Boyce, originally from the Lloydminster area.
Her paper was published in the top astronomy journal in the world.
To simplify her research, they were searching for a black hole by looking at the motions and velocity of the stars.
If there were some astral body movements that might seem out of sync, it could mean a black hole was causing it.
Boyce is now studying at McGill University in Montreal.
She says she gets he passion from her dad, who kept telling her stories about physics and science so she decided to learn as much as she could about astronomy and see where it took her.