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How Do Black Holes Become So Massive

How Do Black Holes Become So Massive?

Megan Fellman, Northwestern University Gas cloud’s fate could reveal information on growth of supermassive black holes Right now a doomed gas cloud is edging ever closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy....

Latest Sagittarius A Stories

2014-03-05 12:21:30

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Black holes are defined by...

Swift Sees X-ray Action In Milky Way's Center
2014-01-09 06:14:19

[ Watch the Video: Swift Sees Changes in the Milky Way 2006 – 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered a rare celestial entity that could help test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. A team at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, Maryland, explained how images obtained through NASA’s Swift spacecraft could help decipher the physical nature of X-ray flares and enable...

2014-01-08 12:21:31

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent observations by NASA's Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This week, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, Md.,...

Milky Way's Black Hole Shows Off It's Jet Of High-Energy Particles
2013-11-21 10:21:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many supermassive black holes emit a jet of high-energy particles as a byproduct of engulfing large quantities of mass and energy, and NASA researchers have just discovered that the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way is no different. Using observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope, a team of Chinese and American astrophysicists...

2013-11-20 16:20:42

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Previous studies, using a...

Legacy Of The X-ray Universe Preserved With Chandra Data Archive
2013-10-30 07:05:30

NASA Every year, October is designated as American Archive Month. While many people may think “archive” means only dusty books and letters, there are, in fact, many other types of important archives. This includes the use of archives for major telescopes and observatories like NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Chandra Data Archive (CDA) plays a central role in the mission by enabling the astronomical community – as well as the general public – access to data collected by...

Light Echoes From The Black Hole At The Heart Of The Milky Way
2013-10-25 05:25:40

[ Watch the Video: Time-Lapse of Supermassive Black Hole Sagittarius A* ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the last few hundred years, the dim region very close to the supermassive black hole near the center of the Milky Way has flared up with at least two luminous outbursts, according to a team of researchers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. A new study of rapid variations in the X-ray emissions from gas clouds surrounding Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) -...

Virtual Observatory Study Explains How Black Holes Get So Massive
2013-10-17 12:57:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using a "Virtual Observatory" set out to study "fat" black holes that grow up to more than one million solar masses. Some massive black holes are observed as active galactic nuclei (AGN), which attract surrounding gas and release huge amounts of energy. The team collected the data on more than 10,000 AGN whose black hole mass had already been measured by spectroscopic observation. Scientists have wondered exactly how a...

Sleeping Supermassive Black Holes Can Have Periods Of Intense Flare-Ups
2013-09-24 14:01:00

[ Watch the Video: Intense Flare-Ups In Supermassive Black Holes ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Around 2 million years ago, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy erupted in a blaze of glory big enough to leave a residual glow that can still be seen today, according to an upcoming paper to be published in The Astrophysical Journal. The astronomers who conducted the study said their findings support the theory that black holes can ‘awaken from...

Researchers Explain Why Supermassive Black Holes Eat Less Material Than Expected
2013-08-30 08:51:11

[ Watch the Video: Black Hole On A Diet ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A long-standing mystery concerning supermassive black holes (SMBH) at the center of galaxies has been solved by a team of astronomers using NASA’s super-sensitive Chandra X-ray Space Telescope. The team, led by Q. Daniel Wang at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, investigated why these SMBHs have such a low accretion rate, or rather, why they swallow very little of the cosmic gases...