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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...

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...

2012-06-07 19:11:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com New research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society indicates that black holes are able to change gears, similar to an engine. Black holes are able to swallow up matter, and return a lot of energy to the Universe in exchange for the mass they eat. When a black hole attracts mass, they trigger the release of intense X-ray radiation and power strong jets.  However, scientists have been baffled because not all black...

Astronomers Catch Supermassive Black Hole Devouring Distant Star
2012-05-02 14:24:52

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] Astronomers have for the very first time captured a supermassive black hole devouring a wandering star that strayed too close to a phenomena that nothing can escape, not even light. Although the star most likely met its demise in an untimely fashion, it is an extraordinary event for science and astronomy, as scientists believe it may provide them with greater clues on the inner workings of dark behemoths nestled away in the hearts...

What Fuels Black Hole Growth?
2012-04-03 04:46:20

"Black holes are very efficient eating machines“¦ They can double their mass in less than a billion years. That may seem long by human standards, but over the history of the Galaxy it's pretty fast,” said Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). New research presented by a joint team from the CfA and the University of Utah showed these super-massive star destroyers can balloon in size by absorbing one-half of a binary star system. ...

XMM-Newton Measures The Power Of Black-hole Driven Outflows
2012-02-28 05:01:35

A curious correlation between the mass of a galaxy's central black hole and the velocity of stars in a vast, roughly spherical structure known as its bulge has puzzled astronomers for years. An international team led by Francesco Tombesi at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., now has identified a new type of black-hole-driven outflow that appears to be both powerful enough and common enough to explain this link. Most big galaxies contain a central black hole weighing...

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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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