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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...

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...

Heart Of Space Mission LISA Pathfinder Successfully Tested, Ready For Launch
2013-06-05 14:13:03

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics The optical bench of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission passed with flying colors extensive testing at the Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) at the University of Glasgow. IGR scientists assured that the high-precision measurement system is ready to survive tremendous forces up to 35 g (35 times the gravitational acceleration on Earth) during rocket launch. “With the successful tests we reached an important milestone. The...

Atom Optics To Predict Gravitational Waves
2012-10-19 08:33:13

[ Watch the Video: Atomic Interferometer To Predict Gravitational Waves ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is pursuing a pioneering technology capable of atomic-level precision to detect gravitational waves or ripples in space-time caused by cataclysmic events, including the Big Bang itself. Researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, AOSense, Inc and Stanford University have been awarded funding under NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC)...

Merging Black Holes Could Reveal Their Flashy Secrets
2012-09-29 08:09:37

[ Watch the Video: Black Holes Crash, Merge in New Simulations ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Einstein predicted gravitational waves almost 100 years ago. According to his theory, whenever massive objects interact, they produce distortions in the very fabric of space and time that ripple outward across the universe at the speed of light. Modern astronomers have found indirect evidence of these waves, but so far they have eluded direct detection. Greater...

LISA Pathfinder Takes Major Step In Hunt For Gravity Waves
2011-11-14 10:44:11

Sensors destined for ESA´s LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have far exceeded expectations, paving the way for a mission to detect one of the most elusive forces permeating through space — gravity waves. The Optical Metrology Subsystem underwent its first full tests under space-like temperature and vacuum conditions using an almost complete version of the spacecraft. The results exceeded the precision required to detect the enigmatic ripples in the fabric of space and time...

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2011-03-08 09:57:08

A key technical challenge of the joint ESA"“NASA LISA mission has been solved: how to maintain precise pointing of a laser beam across five million km of space. The next-decade Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission will look for ripples in spacetime "“ their existence predicted by Albert Einstein "“ known as gravitational waves. A trio of identical spacecraft will fly five million km apart in an equilateral triangle formation, linked by laser beams. A...

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2010-11-24 06:40:00

A team of scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has brought the world one step closer to "hearing" gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein in the early 20th century. The research, performed in a lab at JPL in Pasadena, Calif., tested a system of lasers that would fly aboard the proposed space mission called Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or LISA. The mission's goal is to detect the subtle, whisper-like signals of gravitational...

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2010-10-22 08:20:00

A European team working on the LISA Pathfinder mission has completed an extensive series of ground tests on the spacecraft's optical payload. The tests successfully achieved - for the first time on a spacecraft instrument - the incredible precision that will be required to confirm the existence of gravitational waves. The extremely precise measurements are realized by a laser interferometer that measures the distance between two free-floating heavy masses with reflective surfaces. In the...

2010-08-18 18:49:22

The National Research Council (NRC) has strongly recommended the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) as one of NASA's next two major space missions, to start in 2016 in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). LISA will study the universe in a manner different from any other space observatory, by observing gravitational waves. The recommendation was announced August 13 in a press conference at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. In the just-concluded...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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