Latest Black holes Stories

Distant Black Holes Circling Each Other
2013-12-04 10:54:37

[ Watch the Video: Black Hole Duo In A Deadly Dance ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA astronomers have found evidence of two supermassive black holes at the center of a remote galaxy that are locked in a fierce, circling dance, according to an upcoming report in the Astrophysical Journal. Images created with the use of NASA’s , Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), show the black holes circling each other and a strange looking particle jet said to...

Lightweight Black Hole Has Elegant Manners
2013-11-29 05:00:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our understanding of how some black holes consume matter might be changed by new observations of a black hole powering an energetic X-ray source in a galaxy some 22 million light years away. The findings, published in a recent issue of Nature, indicate that this particular black hole, thought to be the engine behind the X-ray source’s high-energy light output, is unexpectedly lightweight. Additionally, in spite of the generous amount...

NuSTAR Helps Scientists Hunt For Medium-Sized Black Holes
2013-11-27 15:39:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is helping scientists determine whether black holes need a medium-sized category. Black holes are known to either come in masses of only about 10 times that of our sun, or the equivalent in mass of up to 10 billion suns. However, NuSTAR could be finally finding a middle ground. "Exactly how intermediate-sized black holes would form remains an open issue," Dominic Walton, of the...

Hubble Sees Old And Mysterious Cluster
2013-11-14 12:17:16

[ Watch The Video: A Rare and Exotic Intermediate-Mass Black Hole ] NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best ever image of the globular cluster Messier 15, a gathering of very old stars that orbits the center of the Milky Way. This glittering cluster contains over 100 000 stars, and could also hide a rare type of black hole at its center. This multi-colored firework display is a cluster of stars known as Messier 15, located some...

Black Hole Jets Found To Contain Atomic Matter
2013-11-14 04:36:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronomers have long wondered exactly what the enigmatic jets given off by black holes are made of. Now, an international team of scientists, writing in the journal Nature, has apparently solved the mystery and discovered the composition of those high-speed beams of matter. Using the European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton observatory, lead author Dr. María Díaz Trigo and colleagues studied a black hole binary system located...

Two Black Holes Form, Fuse Together After Star Collapses
2013-11-07 07:17:18

[ Watch the video: Supermassive Star Collapses, Forms Two Black Holes ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Black holes are massive objects in space that have gravitational forces so strong that not even light can escape them. These objects, swirling at the centers of galaxies, also come in a variety of sizes. On the small end of the spectrum are stellar-mass black holes, which are formed during the deaths of stars. On the largest end are supermassive black holes....

Colliding Galaxies Create Supermassive Black Holes
2013-10-23 16:17:25

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Normal black holes – a bit of a misnomer in and of itself as there is little that is “normal” about black holes of any type – are typically on the order of a few times the mass of our Sun or less. These objects are believed to result from the collapse of a massive star, an incredibly energetic event we call a Type II Supernova. But there exists at the center of virtually every galaxy we have studied a black hole of such...

Virtual Observatory Study Explains How Black Holes Get So Massive
2013-10-17 12:57:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using a "Virtual Observatory" set out to study "fat" black holes that grow up to more than one million solar masses. Some massive black holes are observed as active galactic nuclei (AGN), which attract surrounding gas and release huge amounts of energy. The team collected the data on more than 10,000 AGN whose black hole mass had already been measured by spectroscopic observation. Scientists have wondered exactly how a...

ALMA Observatory Reveals Black Hole's Eating Habits
2013-10-16 10:12:37

[ Watch the Video: Zooming In On Active Galaxy NGC 1433 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the high-altitude Atacama Desert of Chile have revealed new details about the powerful molecular-gas jets that stream out of supermassive black holes, according to two new studies published on Wednesday in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. The two studies describe the unique behaviors and...

Black Holes Shine For NuSTAR
2013-09-06 06:38:46

[ Listen to the Podcast: Supermassive Black Holes – With Guest Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft, NASA’s black-hole-hunter, had identified its first 10 supermassive black holes. Over the next two years, the NuSTAR team expects to find hundreds of black holes. Supermassive black holes – which are black holes surrounded by thick disks of gas – are gargantuan...

Latest Black holes Reference Libraries

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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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