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Astronomers Describe Fireworks In The Early Universe
2012-09-27 19:28:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers suggest, in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, as galaxies formed in the early universe, they were accompanied by fireworks in the form of energy bursts. Active galaxies are easily detected due to their luminous radio, ultraviolet or X-ray radiation, which results from steady accretion onto their massive central black holes. Little has been known about the composition of these galaxies or their relationship to the...

Astronomers Measure Black Hole Radius
2012-09-27 19:16:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers was able to measure the radius of a black hole for the first time. Researchers measured the radius of a black hole at the center of the galaxy M87, which lies about 50 million light-years away from the Milky Way. M87 has a black hole 6 billion times more massive than the Sun, and the team was able to observe the glow of matter near the edge of the black hole, or the "event horizon," using...

Planets Can Form In The Center Of Violent, Unstable Galaxies
2012-09-12 14:05:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Listen to the podcast “How Planets Form” with redOrbit's Dr. John Millis and planet-hunting expert Dr. Eric Mamajek of the University of Rochester. The center of the Milky Way seems like the last place to form a new planet, inhospitable and violent even. Stars crowd each other, whizzing through space like cars on a rush hour freeway while supernova explosions blast out shock waves and bathe the region in intense...

Black Holes Abound - In The Millions
2012-08-29 14:25:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of black holes have been discovered, as well as extreme galaxies called hot DOGs using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The telescope has helped reveal millions of dusty black hole candidates throughout the universe, and about 1,000 dustier objects that are thought to be the brightest galaxies ever found called dust-obscured galaxies, or hot DOGs. "WISE has exposed a menagerie of hidden objects,"...

2012-08-23 15:41:32

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Aug. 29, to announce new discoveries from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The discoveries are related to the distant universe, including supermassive black holes and rare galaxies. The briefing participants are: -- Daniel Stern, astronomer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. -- Peter Eisenhardt, WISE project scientist, JPL -- Jingwen Wu, astronomer, JPL -- Rachel Somerville,...

Massive Winds Driven By Intense Star Formation
2012-08-22 05:30:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fueled by an intense burst of star formation, fierce galactic winds may blow gas right out of massive galaxies, which in turn could shut down their ability to make new stars. A team of astronomers sifted through images and data from three telescopes to find 29 objects with outflowing winds measuring up to 2,500 kilometers per second, an order of magnitude faster than most observed galactic winds. "They're nearly blowing themselves...

Black Holes Need Diet Rich In Stars To Grow
2012-07-20 12:21:35

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from several American institutes and agencies have developed a new model showing how an elusive type of black hole can be formed in the gas surrounding their supermassive counterparts. The scientists, from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the City University of New York (CUNY), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for...

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2012-07-06 12:37:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have spotted the first known "middleweight" black hole, according to a publication in Science Express. The black hole was found with a CSIRO radio telescope in a galaxy called ESO 243-49, which is about 300 million light-years away. Before the black hole was found, astronomers had only known of supermassive black holes and "stellar mass" ones. "This is the first object that we're really sure is an intermediate-mass...

Growth Found to be Out of Synch For Black Hole
2012-06-12 11:42:59

New evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory challenges prevailing ideas about how supermassive black holes grow in the centers of galaxies. Astronomers long have thought that a supermassive black hole and the bulge of stars at the center of its host galaxy grow at the same rate -- the bigger the bulge, the bigger the black hole. A new study of Chandra data has revealed two nearby galaxies whose supermassive black holes are growing faster than the galaxies themselves. The mass of a...


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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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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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