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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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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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Taking the pulse of a supermassive black hole

( —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 a recent ...

dateDec 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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The search for medium-sized black holes

Black holes can be petite, with masses only about 10 times that of our sun—or monstrous, boasting the equivalent in mass up to 10 billion suns. Do black holes also come in size medium? NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope ...

dateNov 27, 2013 in Astronomy
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