Latest Black hole Stories
Scientists have discovered a rare celestial entity that could help test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has helped astronomers witness the first event of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy.
New research from an international team of researchers using NASA's Fermi telescope reports the first-ever gamma ray study of the cosmic phenomenon.
Two physicists have theorized that wormholes could be the cause behind the bizarre phenomenon known as quantum entanglement.
Many supermassive black holes emit a jet of high-energy particles as a byproduct of engulfing large quantities of mass and energy, and NASA researchers have just discovered that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way is no different.
Astronomers have discover a new black hole candidate sitting inside a globular cluster known as M62.
Astronomers have discovered a new black hole candidate sitting inside a globular cluster known as M62.
This particular object, located some 23,000 light-years away in the constellation Triangulum Australe, is in the early stages of its death cycle.
Around 2 million years ago, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy erupted in a blaze of glory big enough to leave a residual glow that can still be seen today.
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...
- Emitting flashes of light; glittering.