Latest Black hole Stories
Someone dimmed the lights in space. Scientists observe a dimming quasar for the first time ever, and this could lead to a understanding of the mysterious black holes and their lifespans.
After years of watching, astronomers have recorded the largest-ever flare in X-rays from the supermassive black hole located at the center of the Milky Way, and their discovery brings the scientific community one step closer to understand how black holes behave.
Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astrophysicists have suspected that desolate “red and dead” galaxies are only formed by powerful supermassive black holes at the center of these galaxies stripping away all of the essential star-forming gas from a stellar nursery. However, a new study in The Astrophysical Journal has revealed that less powerful black holes are capable of creating dead galaxies full of red giant stars by generating a “perfect storm” of...
At this time of year, there are lots of gatherings often decorated with festive lights. When galaxies get together, there is the chance of a spectacular light show as is the case with NGC 2207 and IC 2163
The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein's theory of relativity, especially when these objects are paired up with another neutron star or white dwarf that interferes with their gravity.
By looking into the ‘Eye of Sauron,’ astronomers have developed a high-resolution way of determining cosmic distance from Earth, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
In November, astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics presented new observations of the gas cloud G2 in the galactic center originally discovered in 2011.
A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'.
Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale.
UCSB astrophysicist uses data gathered by a Russian spacecraft to bring science one step closer to figuring out the mysteries of our galaxy’s core.
X-Ray Astronomy -- Although the more energetic X-rays (E > 30 keV) can penetrate the air at least for distances of a few meters (they would never have been detected and medical X-ray machines would not work if this was not the case) the Earth's atmosphere is thick enough that virtually none are able to penetrate from outer space all the way to the Earth's surface. X-rays in the 0.5 - 5 keV range, where most celestial sources give off the bulk of their energy, can be stopped by a few...
Quasar -- A quasar (from quasi-stellar radio source) is an astronomical object that looks like a star in optical telescopes (i.e. it is a point source), but has a very high redshift. The general consensus is that this high redshift is cosmological, the result of Hubble's law and that their redshift indicates that they are typically very distant from Earth; we observe them as they were several billions of years ago. Since we can see them despite their distance, they must emit more...
Cygnus X-1 -- Cygnus X-1 (often abbreviated to Cyg X-1) is an X-ray source in the Cygnus constellation considered to be one of the most likely black hole candidates. The optical counterpart (HDE 226868) is a variable 8.9 magnitude star (visible with good binoculars in good observing conditions.) at right ascension 19 h 56.5 min and declination of 35 deg 4 min (for 1950 epoch). Cyg X-1 is a binary star that contains a O9-B0 supergiant (with a surface temperature of 31000 Kelvin) and a...
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