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Unusual Form of Cosmic Precipitation Can Affect the Growth and Evolution of Galaxies

March 5, 2015

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Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth

New research based on x-ray data from Chandra shows how an unusual form of cosmic precipitation can affect the growth and evolution of galaxies, slowing down star formation in galaxies with giant black holes. This galaxy cluster comes from a sample of over 200 that were studied to determine how giant black holes at their […]

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First Time Solutions Provide New Insight in Black Hole Collisions

February 27, 2015

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New Insight Found in Black Hole Collisions

In a new study, astrophysicists provide for the first time solutions to decades-old equations that describe conditions as two black holes in a binary system orbit each other and spiral in toward a collision. New research by Dr. Michael Kesden, assistant professor of physics at UT Dallas, and his colleagues provides revelations about the most […]

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Astronomers Discover Ultraluminous Quasar with a 12 Billion Solar Mass Black Hole

February 26, 2015

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Researchers Discover Brightest Quasar in the Early Universe

A newly published study details the discovery of the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time. The international team led by astronomers from Peking University in China and from the University of Arizona announce their findings in the scientific journal Nature on Thursday. The […]

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Chandra Discovers Intermediate-Mass Black Hole in Spiral Galaxy NGC 2276

February 26, 2015

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Astronomers Discover a New Object in Galaxy NGC 2276

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have discovered a newly cosmic object that may help provide answers to some long-standing questions about how black holes evolve and influence their surroundings. “In paleontology, the discovery of certain fossils can help scientists fill in the evolutionary gaps between different dinosaurs,” said Mar Mezcua of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center […]

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NuSTAR and XMM-Newton Telescopes Give Shape to Black Hole Winds

February 20, 2015

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NuSTAR and XMM-Newton Telescopes Reveal Furious Black Hole Winds

Using NASA’s NuSTAR and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescopes astronomers have measured the strength of ultra-fast winds from a supermassive black hole, proving that the winds are powerful enough to inhibit the host galaxy’s ability to make new stars. NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds […]

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Dark Matter Influences Supermassive Black Hole Growth

February 19, 2015

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Dark Matter Guides Growth of Supermassive Black Holes

Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the ROSAT X-ray satellite’s all-sky survey, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics detail a distinct relationship between the mass of a dark matter halo and the mass of a black hole. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Every massive galaxy has a black hole at its center, and […]

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VLA Reveals Unexpected “Storm” in Teacup Galaxy

February 11, 2015

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VLA Finds Storm in Teacup Galaxy

Astronomers used VLA data, combined with VIMOS IFU data and HST imaging to reveal that a supermassive black hole is explosively heating and blasting around the gas the Teacup Galaxy, transforming it from an actively star-forming galaxy into one devoid of gas that can no longer form stars. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very […]

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CID-42: A Recoiling, Supermassive Black Hole?

January 23, 2015

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CID-42 A Recoiling Black Hole

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics provides new insights from deep VLA data on the potentially recoiling black hole CID-42 in the COSMOS field. When galaxies collide, the central supermassive black holes that reside at their cores will end up orbiting one another in a binary pair, at least according to current simulations. […]

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Yale Astronomers Identify the First “Changing Look” Quasar

January 22, 2015

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Black Hole Creates Changing Look Quasar

A team of astronomers from Yale University have identified the first “changing look” quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch. The discovery may offer a glimpse into the life story of the universe’s great beacons. Quasars are massive, luminous objects that draw their energy from black holes. […]

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A Significant Step Towards Explaining the Cosmic Origins of the Seeds of Galaxies

January 16, 2015

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3D Simulation Shows Small Protostellar-Like Core Can Grow into a Supermassive Black Hole

In a new study, astronomers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics found that a small protostellar-like core of only 0.1 solar-masses can develop in only a few years from a suitable environment and then can grow into a supermassive black hole in only millions of years. Supermassive black holes with millions or billions of solar-masses of […]

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NuSTAR Views Colliding Galaxies, Arp 299

January 9, 2015

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NAS Views Colliding Galaxies Arp 299

This newly released image from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array shows two colliding galaxies, collectively called Arp 299, located 134 million light-years away. Each of the galaxies has a supermassive black hole at its heart. NuSTAR has revealed that the black hole located at the right of the pair is actively gorging on gas, while […]

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Astronomers Discover a Possible Distant Black Hole Merger

January 8, 2015

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Astronomers Find Distant Black Hole Merger

In a newly published study, a team of astronomers detail an unusual repeating light signal from a distant quasar that they say is most likely the result of two supermassive black holes in the final stages of a merger – something that is predicted from theory but which has never been observed before. The central […]

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Chandra Detects Record-Breaking Outburst from Sagittarius A*

January 6, 2015

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Chandra Detects Record Breaking Outburst from Black Hole

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a team of astronomers has detected a record-breaking outburst from supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises […]

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A Pulsar Orbiting a Black Hole Could be the ‘Holy Grail’ for Testing Gravity

December 4, 2014

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Neutron Star-Black Hole Binary

A new study examines in what sense a neutron star-black hole binary could the ‘holy grail’ for testing gravity. The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein’s theory of relativity, especially when these objects are paired up with another neutron star or white dwarf that […]

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NASA’s Swift Discovers an Unusual Source of Light

November 20, 2014

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High-Resolution Images of Markarian 177 and SDSS1133

Using data from NASA’s Swift satellite and observations from many other facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away. The object’s curious properties make it a good match for a supermassive black hole ejected from its home galaxy after merging with another […]

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NASA Telescopes Reveal That Sagittarius A* May Be Producing Neutrinos

November 14, 2014

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Telescopes Reveal That a Black Hole May Be a Neutrino Factory

Using three NASA satellites, astronomers have revealed the first evidence that the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole (Sagittarius A*) may be producing neutrinos. The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be producing mysterious particles called neutrinos. If confirmed, this would be the first time that scientists have traced neutrinos back […]

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MAGIC Telescopes Observe Black Hole Gamma-Ray Lightning

November 7, 2014

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MAGIC Telescopes Reveal Black Hole Gamma-Ray Lightning

Using the MAGIC telescopes at La Palma, astronomers have recorded an extreme event coming from the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole located in the heart of the radio galaxy IC310. The MAGIC telescopes at La Palma have recorded the fastest gamma-ray flares seen to date, produced in the vicinity of a super-massive black […]

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