Latest Black holes Stories
This month at the Science Club Nashville, we were privy to Dr. Jillian Bellovary, a Bridge Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University's Physics & Astronomy Department. She started us off nicely with an easy-to-grasp introduction into black holes, then segued into the meat of her presentation: using cosmological simulations to study how galaxies and supermassive black holes form over cosmic time.
These black holes are always hungry and are huge! Constantly gorging yourself on gas 'donuts' can do that to you.
Dartmouth astrophysicists and their colleagues have not only proven that a supermassive black hole exists in a place where it isn't supposed to be, but in doing so have opened a new door to what things were like in the early universe.
As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies’ supermassive black holes will form a “binary,” or two black holes in such close orbit they
For years, physicists have claimed that information sent through a black hole is lost forever, but new research published recently in the journal Physical Review Letters suggests otherwise.
The largest and most luminous black hole ever seen has been discovered, with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun.
The film's visual effects company created a computer code that more accurately portrays a spinning black hole, and this code could be easily rendered for scientific use.
A new theory states that black holes can't exist where space and time exist.
The stage has been set for a explosion of apocalyptic proportions, as two distant supermassive black holes just one light-year apart are on a collision course that could result in the destruction of their home galaxy and release as much energy as 100 million supernovas.
NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery.
Supermassive Black Hole -- A Supermassive black hole is a black hole with a mass in the range of millions or billions solar masses. A supermassive black hole has some interesting properties differing from his low-mass cousins: -- The average density of a supermassive black hole can be very low, and actually can be lower than water's density. This happens because the black hole diameter increases linearly with mass, and consequently density drops much faster. -- Strong tidal...
Seyfert Galaxy -- Seyfert galaxies are spiral or irregular galaxies containing an extremely bright nucleus, most likely caused by a supermassive black hole, that can sometimes outshine the surrounding galaxy. The light from the central nucleus varies in less than a year, which implies that the emitting region must be less than one light year across. They are named for the astronomer Carl Seyfert, who studied them extensively in the 1940s. They are a subclass of active galactic nuclei....
Microquasar -- Microquasars are smaller cousins of quasars. They are named after quasars, as they have some common characteristics: strong and variable radio emission often seen as radio jets, and an accretion disk surrounding a black hole. In quasars, the black hole is supermassive (millions of solar masses) as in microquasars, the black hole mass is a few solar masses. In microquasars, the accreted mass comes from a normal star and the accretion disk is very luminous in optical regions...
Event Horizon -- The event horizon is a boundary beyond which information will never reach an observer. An event horizon is a mathematical construct and not a physical object and a person passing through an event horizon will not notice any odd behavior. From an outside observer however, an object passing though an event horizon will appear redder and dimmer and will appear to freeze at the moment the object passes the event horizon. An event horizon can form around a gravitational...
Black Hole -- Black holes are objects so dense that not even light can escape their gravity. They are believed to form from the gravitational collapse of astronomical objects containing two or more solar masses. Astronomical observations suggest that the center of most galaxies, including our own Milky Way, contain supermassive black holes containing millions to billions of solar masses. Black holes are predictions of Einstein's theory of general relativity. In particular, they occur...
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