News tagged with supermassive black hole

Centaurus A: A new look at an old friend

( —Just weeks after NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory began operations in 1999, the telescope pointed at Centaurus A (Cen A, for short). This galaxy, at a distance of about 12 million light-years from Earth, contains ...

dateFeb 06, 2014 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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Dead star and distant black holes dazzle in X-rays

( —Two new views from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope's talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, a structure ...

dateJan 09, 2014 in Astronomy
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A galaxy with two hearts

This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, this galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted a large ...

dateJan 09, 2014 in Astronomy
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Swift catches X-ray action at Milky Way's center

( —Recent observations by NASA's Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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Death by black hole in small galaxy?

( —A bright, long-duration flare may be the first recorded event of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy. The evidence comes from two independent studies using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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