Black Holes

Spacex Launched A $214 Million Nasa Satellite Into Orbit To Study Black Holes And Dead Stars

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off on December 9, 2021 carrying NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft.NASA/Kim Shiflett NASA's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) launched into space early on Thursday...
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A Nearby Dwarf Galaxy Has A Surprisingly Massive Black Hole In Its Heart

Since the 1970s, scientists have known that within the cores of most massive galaxies in the Universe, there beats the heart of a Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH). The presence of these giant black holes causes these galaxies to be particularly...
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Research Reveals How Plasma Swirling Around Black Holes Can Produce Heat And Light

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have uncovered a process in the swirling masses of plasma surrounding black holes and neutron stars that can cause previously unexplained emissions of...
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Black Holes: What We Think We Know, We Don’t

It took Albert Einstein 10 years to find the equations of general relativity, but German astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild only needed a few months to solve them. Schwarzschild’s solution describes the gravity of an isolated, spherical and...
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What Are Black Holes And How Do They Form?

You’ve probably heard of black holes existing in the universe and may even have studied the phenomena in a high school science class. According to NASA, scientists speculate that they can range in size from a mere atom to supermassive ones the...
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Astronomers Find 2 Supermassive Black Holes — The Nearest To Earth Ever Discovered — Are...

This image shows close-up (left) and wide (right) views of the two bright galactic nuclei, each housing a supermassive black hole, in NGC 7727, a galaxy located 89 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius.ESO/Voggel et al.;...
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Astronomers Discover Strangely Massive Black Hole In Milky Way Satellite Galaxy

Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory have discovered an unusually massive black hole at the heart of one of the Milky Way’s dwarf satellite galaxies, called Leo I. Almost as massive as the black hole in our own...
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New Research Effort Shines More Light On Black Hole Collisions

While light can't escape the monstrous gravity of a black hole, that hasn't kept researchers on a team that includes University of Oregon (UO) scientists from taking a big step forward in the effort to reveal their secrets. UO researchers are a key...

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Eso Telescope Uncovers Closest Pair Of Supermassive Black Holes Yet

Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT), astronomers have revealed the closest pair of supermassive black holes to Earth ever observed.
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Nasa Simulation Shows What Happens When Stars Get Too Close To Black Holes

What happens to a star when it strays too close to a monster black hole? Astronomers have wondered why some stars are ripped apart, while others manage to survive a close encounter with a lurking black hole, only a little worse for wear. To...
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The Best Black Friday Tech Deals You Can Get For Under $50

Many people will be searching for discounts on big-ticket items this Black Friday — high-end headphones, game consoles, fancy smartwatches and the like. But there are plenty of tech deals out there today that won't burn a hole in your wallet...
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Astronomers Detect A Black Hole In Ngc 1850

An international team of astronomers reports the detection of a black hole in a globular cluster known as NGC 1850. The newly found black hole is about 11 times more massive than the sun and turns out to be a part of a binary system. The finding was...
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The First Black Hole Image: A Gravitomagnetic Monopole As An Alternative Explanation

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has recently mapped the central compact object of the galaxy M87 with an unprecedented angular resolution. Though the remarkable breakthrough has been interpreted based on theory that M87 contains a rotating or...
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Where Does Gold Come From? New Insights Into Element Synthesis In The Universe

How are chemical elements produced in our Universe? Where do heavy elements like gold and uranium come from? Using computer simulations, a research team shows that the synthesis of heavy elements is typical for certain black holes with orbiting...

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A Black Hole Has Been Found Lurking Just Outside The Milky Way

Astronomers have found a smaller, stellar-mass black hole lurking in a nearby satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.  The black hole has been hiding in a star cluster named NGC 1850, which is one of the brightest star clusters in the Large...
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Eso Vlt Discovers A Black Hole Inside A Distant Star Cluster

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has used its Very Large Telescope (VLT) to discover a previously unknown black hole outside the Milky Way. Astronomers discovered the black hole by investigating how it influenced a star nearby. The discovery...
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Shining A Light Into 'black Holes' In The Arabidopsis Genome

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world's most widely used model plant species, Arabidopsis thaliana, at a level of detail never previously achieved. The study reveals the secrets of Arabidopsis chromosome regions called centromeres. The...
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Black Hole Found Hiding In Star Cluster Outside Our Galaxy

Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT), astronomers have discovered a small black hole outside the Milky Way by looking at how it influences the motion of a star in its close vicinity. This is the first time this...
Related topics: Galaxies, Space, Telescopes, Scientific Discoveries, Milky Way

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Astrophysicists Unveil Glut Of Gravitational-wave Detections

The latest bounty of 35 events features oddball black holes and a miniature neutron star -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Astrophysics, Neutron Stars

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Expanding Black Holes Could Be Playing Pac Man With The Universe

Pac Man‘s a simple protagonist. He doesn’t have a scruffy beard or a worried look in his eyes. He’s doesn’t sling out quips or one-liners. He eats dots. That’s it. That’s sort of how black holes work. They only do one thing: gobble up...

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