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The Milky Way's Violent Past
2013-03-06 04:20:09

[ Listen to the three-part interview with Prof. Holley-Bockelmann in RedOrbit´s Your Universe Today Podcasts ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As astronomers peer out into the distant reaches of the Universe they find that some galaxies are emitting enormous amounts of radiation from their cores. Supermassive black holes at the center of these galaxies consume the surrounding gas and dust, heat it up, and thrust it into outer space at nearly the...

NASA X-Ray Observatories Reveal Black Hole Spin
2013-02-27 17:22:50

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One of the challenges of studying black holes — incredibly dense stellar remnants arising from massive supernova explosions — is that it is extremely difficult to measure the spin of such objects. And it is this motion that is of particular interest, since Einstein´s theory of General Relativity predicts that the gravitational waves produced from their rotation can distort the very fabric of space-time...

Using Black Hole Disks And Jets To Explore The Limits Of Spacetime
2013-02-22 10:37:51

Watch the video "Magneto-Spin Alignment Effect Movie (Black Hole Jet)" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Black holes are voracious monsters at the center of galaxies that shape the growth and death of the stars around them with their tremendous gravitational pull and explosive ejections of energy.  "Over its lifetime, a black hole can release more energy than all the stars in a galaxy combined," explains“¯Roger Blandford, Stanford professor,...

Crowded Star Clusters Defy Simple View Of Gravity
2013-02-21 09:00:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On large astronomical scales, gravity remains the dominant force acting on heavenly bodies, from asteroids and exoplanets to solar systems and supermassive black holes. But when it comes to young stars in clustered galaxies, researchers have found that the dynamics of these crowded environments cannot be fully accounted for by simple understanding of gravity. A new study, led by the“¯Kavli Institute for Astronomy and...

Astronomers Discover Youngest Black Hole In Milky Way
2013-02-13 12:11:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A rare explosion from a rotating star may have created the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory claim that matter was ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star, creating a supernova remnant, W49B, which may contain a young black hole. "W49B is the first of its kind to be discovered in the galaxy," said Laura Lopez, who led the study at the...

Supermassive Black Holes Podcast
2013-02-13 11:56:55

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Click here to stream the “Supermassive Black Holes” podcast (Or right-click on the above link to download the file to your computer) Only a couple decades ago, the mere idea of supermassive black holes — those that are millions or billions of times more massive than our sun — seemed unthinkable to most astronomers. Now, however, we believe that these enormous objects lie at the center of nearly...

Astronomers Rethink Black Hole Growth Rate
2013-02-12 18:38:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The rapidly expanding problem of obesity doesn't seem to just be limited to here on Earth, because new research published in the Astrophysical Journal suggests black holes are growing at larger rates than what had previously been thought possible Most galaxies have black holes at the center of them that can weigh anywhere from one million to one billion times as much as the Sun. The black hole found in the middle of our Milky...

Weighing In On Supermassive Black Holes
2013-01-31 20:08:54

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Black holes of any size are mysterious, seemingly breaking through the barriers of the physical laws that guide our Universe. Formed under extreme conditions -- such as the collapse of a massive star, some ten times the mass of our Sun or more -- these objects are very difficult to study under any conditions. Most puzzling are a class of black holes that can range in size from millions to billions of solar masses. Such...

Facts About Black Holes Podcast
2013-01-28 09:23:01

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Click here to stream "Facts About Black Holes — Separating Myth From Reality" (Or right-click on the above link to download the file to your computer) When most people think of a black hole, they tend to envision it as sort of cosmic vacuum cleaner, slowly sucking in and devouring everything in its vicinity. But are black holes really like this? And what would happen if you fell into a black hole? What about a...


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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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