Latest Supermassive black holes Stories

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.,...

Distant Black Holes Circling Each Other
2013-12-04 10:54:37

[ Watch the Video: Black Hole Duo In A Deadly Dance ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA astronomers have found evidence of two supermassive black holes at the center of a remote galaxy that are locked in a fierce, circling dance, according to an upcoming report in the Astrophysical Journal. Images created with the use of NASA’s , Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), show the black holes circling each other and a strange looking particle jet said to...

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...

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....

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*) -...

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...

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...

ALMA Observatory Reveals Black Hole's Eating Habits
2013-10-16 10:12:37

[ Watch the Video: Zooming In On Active Galaxy NGC 1433 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the high-altitude Atacama Desert of Chile have revealed new details about the powerful molecular-gas jets that stream out of supermassive black holes, according to two new studies published on Wednesday in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. The two studies describe the unique behaviors and...

Latest Supermassive black holes Reference Libraries

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...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Seyfert Galaxy -- Seyfert galaxies are spiral or irregular galaxies containing an extremely bright nucleus, most likely caused by a supermassive black hole, that can sometimes outshine the surrounding galaxy. The light from the central nucleus varies in less than a year, which implies that the emitting region must be less than one light year across. They are named for the astronomer Carl Seyfert, who studied them extensively in the 1940s. They are a subclass of active galactic nuclei....

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Quasar -- A quasar (from quasi-stellar radio source) is an astronomical object that looks like a star in optical telescopes (i.e. it is a point source), but has a very high redshift. The general consensus is that this high redshift is cosmological, the result of Hubble's law and that their redshift indicates that they are typically very distant from Earth; we observe them as they were several billions of years ago. Since we can see them despite their distance, they must emit more...

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