Tuesday, January 04, 2011

When the black hole was born

When the black hole was born
(posted on 27/12/2010)
Contact: George Hunka | ghunka@aftau.org | 212-742-9070
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

TAU astronomers identify the epoch of the first fast growth of black holes

"Most galaxies in the universe, including our own Milky Way, harbor super-massive black holes varying in mass from about one million to about 10 billion times the size of our sun. To find them, astronomers look for the enormous amount of radiation emitted by gas which falls into such objects during the times that the black holes are “active,” i.e., accreting matter. This gas “infall” into massive black holes is believed to be the means by which black holes grow."

Black holes are where God divided by zero. :-)

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