jul 202012
 
‘Seeds’ of Supermassive Black Holes Found

  A research team at Keio University, led by Associate Professor Tomoharu Oka, has discovered intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH) candidates at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is about 30,000 light-years from the solar system in the direction of Sagittarius. IMBH candidates are considered to be the “seeds” that form and grow supermassive [continue reading]

jul 202012
 
How a Middleweight Black Hole is Created

  A new model co-developed by BMCC Science Professors Saavik Ford and Barry McKernan shows how an elusive type of black hole can be formed in the gas surrounding their supermassive counterparts. This simulated image shows the interaction between a massive gas giant planet (comparable in mass to Jupiter) and a surrounding protoplanetary disk of [continue reading]

jul 062012
 
The First "Middleweight" Black Hole is Found

  Observations with CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array have confirmed that astronomers have found the first known “middleweight” black hole. Galaxy ESO 243-49, about 300 million light-years away, is home to the newly found black hole. Credit: NASA, ESA and S. Farrell (University of Sydney) Outbursts of super-hot gas observed with a CSIRO radio telescope [continue reading]