December 6, 2013
Black Hole Duo In A Deadly Dance
NASA astronomers have found two supermassive black holes at the center of a remote galaxy that are locked in a fierce, circling dance. Sounds like the flamingo. Using their Wide-field Survey Explorer, or WISE, NASA scientists saw the two black holes circling each other with a strange looking particle jet. Scientists say they “think the jet of one black hole is being wiggled by the other, like a dance with ribbons.” They said the dance started slowly, thousands of light years apart. But as the black holes continued to circle one another, they became closer and closer. How does did this dance possibly end? With the death spiral merging of the two black holes.
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