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Thanksgiving Dinner At The Center Of The Galaxy
2012-11-22 10:33:45

[ Watch the Video: The Diner at the Center of the Galaxy ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft has detected the Milky Way's central black hole eating a Thanksgiving snack. Supermassive black holes like the one in the middle of our galaxy sustain themselves by swallowing stars, planets, asteroids, comets and clouds of gas that wander around the galaxy. The space agency's new spacecraft allowed it to take an observation of the black hole...

Black Hole Blows Giant Plasma Bubble Like A Child Blowing Bubble Gum
2012-10-29 11:51:02

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The team at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, has been pointing their low Frequency Array (or LOFAR) telescope at the sky since 2010, using bands of low frequencies to observe the heavens. With LOFAR, ASTRON is able to look deep into the heavens for signals of galaxies and other far away objects that haven´t yet reached earth. Now, after using a new, international version of LOFAR, called (ILT), the...

Chandra Eyes Mini Supermassive Black Hole
2012-10-25 07:19:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with other observatories, has identified one of the lowest mass supermassive black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy that one would not expect to harbor this type of beast. This suggests that this black hole, while related to its supermassive cousins, may have a different origin. Located in the middle of the spiral galaxy NGC 4178, the black hole is shown in the image from the Sloan...

Black Hole Afterburner Moves At The Speed Of Light
2012-10-23 09:02:38

[ Watch the Video: High Speed Video Of Shock Diamond ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A supersonic jet of material that looks amazingly similar to the afterburner flow of a fighter jet is blasting over two million light-years from the center of a distant galaxy. The big difference, however, is that the jet engine responsible for this material is a supermassive black hole and the material is moving at nearly the speed of light. A new study, published this past...

Milky Way Black Hole Ready For A Snack
2012-10-23 04:05:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have determined that the black hole in the middle of the Milky Way is getting ready to devour an approaching cloud of dust and gas. The researchers used a supercomputer simulation to determine that the cloud, known as G2, could possibly survive the encounter with the black hole, but its surviving mass would be torn apart and shaped differently. They came up with six simulations using Cosmos++ computer code, requiring more...

Early Universe Was Full Of Supermassive Black Holes
2012-10-08 12:41:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered a new population of supermassive black holes in the early universe by using infrared surveys. After traveling 11 billion years, the light from supermassive black hole ULASJ1234+0907 reached Earth. This black hole has more than 10 billion times the mass of the Sun, and 10,000 times the mass of the supermassive black hole in our own Milky Way. The latest research, published in the journal Monthly Notices of...

X-Ray Nova Reveals A Black Hole Surprise
2012-10-05 15:40:26

[ Watch the Video: X-ray Nova Reveals a New Black Hole in Our Galaxy ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new stellar-mass black hole has been discovered in our galaxy by NASA's Swift satellite. High-energy X-rays emanating from a source towards the center of our Milky Way galaxy were observed, indicating the presence of a previously unknown black hole. "Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they're essentially once-a-mission events and this is the first one...

Star Discovery Tests Einstein
2012-10-04 20:58:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers, using the Keck Observatory, have found the star they need to test Einstein's theory about the fabric of space-time. UCLA astronomers said they have discovered a star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way that will help discover whether Albert Einstein was right in his fundamental prediction of how black holes warp space and time. The star, S0-102, orbits the black hole every...

Messier 22 Has Two Black Holes
2012-10-03 12:49:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A surprising black hole discovery made while using the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is causing scientists to change what they know of globular star clusters. Astronomers used VLA to study the globular cluster known as Messier 22, which is a tight-knit collection of hundreds of thousands of stars that lie 10,000 light-years away from Earth. The team had hoped to find evidence for a rare type of...


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6_8304cd2002012eb0093845e374a1b9612
2004-10-19 04:45:42

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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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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