Latest Supermassive black holes Stories

2012-06-07 19:11:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com New research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society indicates that black holes are able to change gears, similar to an engine. Black holes are able to swallow up matter, and return a lot of energy to the Universe in exchange for the mass they eat. When a black hole attracts mass, they trigger the release of intense X-ray radiation and power strong jets.  However, scientists have been baffled because not all black...

Black Hole Caught Exiting Host Galaxy
2012-06-05 04:22:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest that a black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at several million miles per hour. The finding could mean that there are many giant black holes that are roaming around undetected out in the vast spaces between galaxies. "It's hard to believe that a supermassive black hole weighing millions of times the mass of the sun could be moved at all, let alone kicked out of a galaxy at enormous...

2012-06-03 07:46:03

Astronomers studying the galaxy NGC 4151 with ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have detected X-rays emitted and then reflected by ionised iron atoms very close to the supermassive black hole hosted at the galaxy's core. By measuring the time delays occurring in these 'reverberation' events, they were able to map the vicinity of this black hole in unprecedented detail. Supermassive black holes are enormous concentrations of matter, weighing millions to billions of times the mass of the...

Astronomers Catch Supermassive Black Hole Devouring Distant Star
2012-05-02 14:24:52

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] Astronomers have for the very first time captured a supermassive black hole devouring a wandering star that strayed too close to a phenomena that nothing can escape, not even light. Although the star most likely met its demise in an untimely fashion, it is an extraordinary event for science and astronomy, as scientists believe it may provide them with greater clues on the inner workings of dark behemoths nestled away in the hearts...

Image 1 - NASA Scientists Hunting Blazars Using WISE Telescope
2012-04-14 04:44:09

The hunt is on for a class of supermassive black holes, as scientists at NASA are using a infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope in order to hunt-down the compact quasars typically associated with the phenomenon, officials at the US space agency revealed on Thursday. Using data obtained from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have discovered more than 200 of these blazing quasi-stellar objects, and the potential is there to find thousands of additional...

What Fuels Black Hole Growth?
2012-04-03 04:46:20

"Black holes are very efficient eating machines“¦ They can double their mass in less than a billion years. That may seem long by human standards, but over the history of the Galaxy it's pretty fast,” said Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). New research presented by a joint team from the CfA and the University of Utah showed these super-massive star destroyers can balloon in size by absorbing one-half of a binary star system. ...

Image 1 - Farthest Supermassive Black Hole Rich In Gas And Dust
2012-03-28 12:41:59

Astronomers from the U.K., France and Germany have discovered vast amounts of gas and dust in the galaxy containing the most distant supermassive black hole known to science. Galaxy J1120+0641 is so far away, that light from it takes over 13 billion years to reach our planet.  This means the light astronomers see from this galaxy is just 740 million years after the Big Bang. The team used the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) array to make their discovery.  This...

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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