Astrophysical Journal

Distant black hole wave twists like giant whip

Fast-moving magnetic waves emanating from a distant supermassive black hole undulate like a whip whose handle is being shaken by a giant hand, according to a new study using data from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's ...

dateJul 10, 2015 in Astronomy
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Ghostly gamma-ray beams blast from Milky Way's center

( -- As galaxies go, our Milky Way is pretty quiet. Active galaxies have cores that glow brightly, powered by supermassive black holes swallowing material, and often spit twin jets in opposite directions. In contrast, ...

dateMay 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations ...

dateMay 01, 2015 in Astronomy
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RX J1532.9+3021: Extreme power of black hole revealed

( —Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a suite of other telescopes to reveal one of the most powerful black holes known. The black hole has created enormous structures in the hot gas surrounding ...

dateJan 23, 2014 in Astronomy
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Astronomers find unexpected 'storm' at galaxy's core

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) found surprisingly energetic activity in what they otherwise considered a "boring" galaxy, and their discovery provides important insight on how supermassive ...

dateFeb 11, 2015 in Astronomy
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Dark matter guides growth of supermassive black holes

Every massive galaxy has a black hole at its center, and the heftier the galaxy, the bigger its black hole. But why are the two related? After all, the black hole is millions of times smaller and less massive than its home ...

dateFeb 18, 2015 in Astronomy
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