jul 182013
Stellar Monsters Do Not Collide...

  No hope for a spectacular stellar catastrophe   One might expect that collisions between the remains of monstrous stars, with masses reaching 200-300 times that of our Sun, would be among the most spectacular phenomena in the Universe. Perhaps they are, but we will unfortunately probably never have the chance to find out. Astrophysicists [continue reading]

mei 052013
The Birth of a Black Hole Not as Boring as Thought

  A new kind of cosmic flash may reveal something never seen before: the birth of a black hole.   When a massive star exhausts its fuel, it collapses under its own gravity and produces a black hole, an object so dense that not even light can escape its gravitational grip. According to a new [continue reading]

nov 022012
A Massive Black Hole Exists in the Sword of Orion!

  An international team of astrophysicists, including UQ’s Dr Holger Baumgardt, has shed light on the long-standing mystery of the binding force behind a cluster of unruly and rapidly swirling stars located in the famous Sword of Orion. Overview image of the Orion Nebula with the star cluster at its center.  The possible black hole would [continue reading]

okt 042012
Surprise: Two Black Holes in One Globular Star Cluster

  An unexpected discovery by an international team of astronomers is forcing scientists to rethink their understanding of the environment in globular star clusters, tight-knit collections containing hundreds of thousands of stars. Two black holes in a globular star cluster. Image Credit: The University of Southampton The astronomers, including Dr Tom Maccarone from the University of [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]

mei 012012
NASA's Chandra Sees Remarkable Outburst From Old Black Hole

  An extraordinary outburst produced by a black hole in a nearby galaxy has provided direct evidence for a population of old, volatile stellar black holes. The discovery, made by astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, provides new insight into the nature of a mysterious class of black holes that can produce as much energy [continue reading]