News tagged with supermassive black hole

Centaurus A: A new look at an old friend

(Phys.org) —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 ...

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

(Phys.org) —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, ...

Jan 09, 2014
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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 ...

Jan 09, 2014
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A rare crash at the Milky Way's core

(Phys.org) —University of Michigan astronomers could be the first to witness a rare collision expected to happen at the center of the galaxy by spring.

Jan 09, 2014
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Swift catches X-ray action at Milky Way's center

(Phys.org) —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 ...

Jan 08, 2014
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Death by black hole in small galaxy?

(Phys.org) —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 ...

Jan 08, 2014
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Taking the pulse of a supermassive black hole

(Phys.org) —Rare heartbeat-like pulsations detected from a supermassive black hole may grant scientists better insight into these exotic objects, according to two University of Alabama astronomers who co-authored ...

Dec 05, 2013
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Massive black hole duo: Possible sighting by WISE

(Phys.org) —Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two supermassive black holes at the heart of a remote galaxy, circling each other like dance partners. The incredibly rare sighting was made with the ...

Dec 04, 2013
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A new view of the energetic universe

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, sees the high-energy X-rays emitted by the densest, hottest regions of the universe. The brainchild of Fiona Harrison, Caltech's Benjamin M. Rosen Professor ...

Dec 03, 2013
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