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New Clues About Inner Workings Of Black Hole Jets
2011-09-20 13:49:27

  Astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have captured rare data of a flaring black hole, revealing new details about these powerful objects and their blazing jets. Scientists study jets to learn more about the extreme environments around black holes. Much has been learned about the material feeding black holes, called accretion disks, and the jets themselves, through studies using X-rays, gamma rays and radio waves. But key measurements of the...

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2011-07-22 14:40:00

A team of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The researchers found a mass of water vapor that is at least 140 trillion times that of all water in the world's oceans combined, and 100,000 times more massive than the sun. The team said the light has taken 12 billion years to reach Earth, and the astronomers were observing the light when the universe was just 1.6 billion years old. "The environment around this quasar is unique...

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2011-07-21 08:11:24

Whether on their own or orbiting as a pair, black holes don't typically sit still. Not only do they spin, they can also move laterally across their host galaxy. And according to astrophysicists at Brigham Young University, both types of movement power massive jets of energy known as quasars. The study, which appears in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first to compute what may fuel some of the brightest persistent lights in the universe....

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2011-07-01 10:05:50

ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory has provided results that will dramatically affect the search for physics beyond Einstein. It has shown that any underlying quantum "Ëœgraininess' of space must be at much smaller scales than previously predicted. Einstein's General Theory of Relativity describes the properties of gravity and assumes that space is a smooth, continuous fabric. Yet quantum theory suggests that space should be grainy at the smallest scales, like sand on a...

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2011-06-17 05:00:00

According to new research, the flash from one of the biggest and brightest bangs ever recorded by astronomers is derived from a massive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. The researchers found that the black hole appears to have ripped apart a star that wandered too close, which helped create a powerful beam of energy that crossed the 3.8 billion lights years to Earth. The astronomers reported in the journal Science in a paper entitled "An Extremely Luminous Panchromatic Outburst...

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2011-06-11 07:05:00

A study using NASA's Swift satellite and the Chandra X-ray Observatory has found a second supersized black hole at the heart of an unusual nearby galaxy already known to be sporting one. The galaxy, which is known as Markarian 739 or NGC 3758, lies 425 million light-years away toward the constellation Leo. Only about 11,000 light-years separate the two cores, each of which contains a black hole gorging on infalling gas. The study will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal...

2011-05-20 14:29:00

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere, has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "These jets arise as infalling matter approaches the black hole, but we don't yet know the details of how they form and maintain...

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2011-05-20 14:30:00

An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. "These jets arise as infalling matter approaches the black hole, but we don't yet know the details of how they form and maintain themselves," said Cornelia Mueller, the study's lead author and a doctoral student at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in...

2011-04-07 10:38:00

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new supercomputer simulation shows the collision of two neutron stars can naturally produce the magnetic structures thought to power the high-speed particle jets associated with short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). The study provides the most detailed glimpse of the forces driving some of the universe's most energetic explosions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The state-of-the-art simulation ran for nearly...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

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...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

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...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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