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Belching Black Hole
2012-07-09 11:03:28

Observations with CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array have confirmed that astronomers have found the first known "middleweight" black hole. Outbursts of super-hot gas observed with a CSIRO radio telescope have clinched the identity of the first known "middleweight" black hole, Science Express reports online today. Called HLX-1 ("hyper-luminous X-ray source 1"), the black hole lies in a galaxy called ESO 243-49, about 300 million light-years away. Before it was found,...

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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...

Black Hole Found At The Center Of A Shredded Galaxy
2012-02-15 13:40:43

Astronomers say they have found a black hole that was once at the core of a now-disintegrated dwarf galaxy. The researchers used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to find a cluster of young, blue stars encircling the first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered. "For the first time, we have evidence on the environment, and thus the origin, of this middle-weight black hole," Mathieu Servility, who worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics when this research was...

2008-10-14 00:00:20

By Sean Farrell * RBS, HBOS and Lloyds hit by share sell-off WHILE STOCK markets around the world soared yesterday as the international authorities battled to get to grips with the credit crisis, there was one sector notably missing out on the rebound. Shares in Britain's three nationalised banks fell heavily as investors shied away from lenders controlled by the Government with restrictions on their freedom to operate. The announcements by Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax Bank of...

2008-09-12 00:00:10

By Sean Farrell A desperate attempt by Lehman Brothers to retain its independence looked doomed last night as the US investment bank's shares plunged yet again and the company began soliciting takeover bids. Lehman stock fell by 42 per cent as its plan to raise cash with a string of asset sales was given a comprehensive thumbs-down. Instead, it was believed last night, executives' attention had turned to talks with potential buyers of the whole company. Bank of America was among the...

2008-09-02 00:00:08

By Sean Farrell Commerzbank plans to shed 1,200 jobs in London as it agrees to buy out Dresdner for EUR 8.8bn THE CITY is bracing itself for a further redundancies as Commerzbank prepares to cut more than half its workforce at Dresdner Kleinwort's London operation in its takeover of its German rival. Commerzbank plans to slash up to 1,200 London jobs at Dresdner in businesses such as trading as well as in support functions. About 2,000 of Dresdner Kleinwort's 5,500 staff are employed...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'