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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 X-ray Observatory ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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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 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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Image: Hubble shoots Bright Quasar 3C 273

(Phys.org) —This image from Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is likely the best of ancient and brilliant quasar 3C 273, which resides in a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). ...

dateNov 25, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Hot gas sloshing in a galactic cauldron

(Phys.org) —Galaxies are social beasts that are mostly found in groups or clusters – large assemblies of galaxies that are permeated by even larger amounts of diffuse gas. With temperatures of 10 million degrees or more, ...

dateNov 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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New type of black-hole quasar discovered

(Phys.org) —Like our Milky Way, every known large galaxy has at its center a supermassive black hole, some of which are surrounded by a super-bright disk of hot gas called a quasar—but now a research team that includes ...

dateNov 08, 2013 in Astronomy
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Black holes don't make a big splash

(Phys.org) —Throughout our universe, tucked inside galaxies far, far away, giant black holes are pairing up and merging. As the massive bodies dance around each other in close embraces, they send out gravitational waves ...

dateNov 07, 2013 in Astronomy
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