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Elusive Binary Black Hole System Identified
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Elusive Binary Black Hole System Identified

March 6, 2009
Artist's conception of the binary supermassive black hole system. Each black hole is surrounded by a disk of material gradually spiraling into its grasp, releasing radiation from x-rays to radio waves. The two black holes complete an orbit around their center of mass every 100 years, traveling with a relative velocity of 6000 kilometers per second.


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