Latest Supermassive black holes Stories
Despite the inhospitable nature of this region, a team of American astronomers has found jets of material that typically indicate star formation near a supermassive black hole.
Astronomers using the European Space Agency's (ESA) Integral space observatory have watched as a black hole woke up to feed on a low-mass object that strayed just a little too close.
For only the second time in history, a team of scientists including Michele Fumagalli from the Carnegie Institution for Science in the United States have discovered an extremely rare triple quasar system.
As astronomers peer out into the distant reaches of the Universe they find that some galaxies are emitting enormous amounts of radiation from their cores.
Scientists affiliated with NASA’s NuSTAR and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories have now devised a clever way to directly measure the rotation of nearby supermassive black holes.
Black holes are voracious monsters at the center of galaxies that shape the growth and death of the stars around them with their tremendous gravitational pull and explosive ejections of energy. Now, researchers are using them as a tool to probe the limits of spacetime.
On large astronomical scales, gravity remains the dominant force acting on heavenly bodies. But when it comes to young clusters of stars, researchers say these crowded environments cannot be fully accounted for by a simple view of gravity.
In today's Your Universe Today Podcast, we talked with theoretical physicist Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann about mysterious supermassive black holes, which are millions or billions times larger than our Sun.
New research published in the Astrophysical Journal suggests black holes are growing at larger rates than what had previously been thought possible.
Black holes of any size are mysterious, seemingly breaking through the barriers of the physical laws that guide our Universe.
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...
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....
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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