Hubble directly observes the disc around a black hole

An international team of astronomers has used a new technique to study the bright disc of matter surrounding a faraway black hole. Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, combined with the gravitational lensing effect of stars in a distant galaxy, the team measured the disc’s size and studied the colors (and hence the temperatures) of … Read more

Supermassive black hole rises and shines

Science News reports that Astronomers watch as wake-up call rouses slumbering monster … It’s unclear whether it was a stellar meal or simply gas that woke the sleeping giant. But astronomers say the ongoing outburst recorded by a spacecraft since March 28 is the first time scientists have witnessed the sudden activation of a dormant … Read more

Is it Really a Black Hole?

Just in case you have been on Mars and did not hear the news … there has been an announcement that we might have found a young Black Hole … born only 31 years ago in a mege-explosion … here is the picture … This composite image shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that … Read more