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Researchers Detect Smallest Force Ever Measured
2014-06-27 03:21:50

By Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab What is believed to be the smallest force ever measured has been detected by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Using a combination of lasers and a unique optical trapping system that provides a cloud of ultracold atoms, the researchers measured a force of approximately 42 yoctonewtons. A yoctonewton is one septillionth of a newton and there are approximately 3 x 1023...

Trio Of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered In Distant Galaxy
2014-06-26 08:58:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While many galaxies have a supermassive black hole at their core, a new study published in the journal Nature has revealed a truly exotic phenomenon – a galaxy more than four billion light years away with three orbiting supermassive black holes at its center. The study authors said their work indicates that there could be numerous other galaxies with two or more black holes at their center. “What remains extraordinary to me is...

Pair Of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered By XMM-Newton
2014-04-22 14:09:30

ESA A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been spotted by XMM-Newton. This is the first time such a pair have been seen in an ordinary galaxy. They were discovered because they ripped apart a star when the space observatory happened to be looking in their direction. Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. Two supermassive black holes are the smoking gun that the galaxy has merged with...

Astronomers Discover The Earliest Echoes Of The Big Bang
2014-03-17 13:23:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers publishing a paper in the journal Nature say they have found the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through the early Universe during the inflation period. Scientists using the NASA-developed detector technology on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole found the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times in less than the blink...

Rare Binary White Dwarf Systems
2013-12-20 08:30:50

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nearly a half-century ago, astronomers discovered a strange star in the Canes Venatici constellation. It was later determined that the unusual properties of the object arose because it was not an isolated star at all, but rather a very tight binary system. With an orbital period of 18 minutes – for comparison the orbit of Mercury around the Sun takes about 88 Earth days – the individual members of the system are incredibly...

south pole telescope
2013-12-15 04:00:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Based on observations from the South Pole Telescope, a team of international scientists has found subtle patterns in the cosmic microwave background called B-mode polarizations, according to a report in Physical Review Letters. “The detection of B-mode polarization by South Pole Telescope is a major milestone, a technical achievement that indicates exciting physics to come,” said study author John Carlstrom, a deputy director of...

ESA Missions Will Seek To Understand The Evolution Of The Universe
2013-11-29 07:25:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that the hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of their next two large science missions. Bridging fundamental astrophysics and cosmology themes, both topics will closely study the processes that are crucial to the large-scale evolution of the Universe and its underlying physics. L2, the second large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic...

Revealing New Information On Strength Of Black Hole Mergers
2013-11-08 07:13:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in eastern Australia has helped reveal new information about the strength of black hole mergers. Giant black holes throughout the universe sometimes pair up and merge, sending out gravitational waves that ripple across space and time. Albert Einstein predicted that these waves exist, but scientists have yet to directly detect one. Astronomers were able to...

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...


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