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Belching Black Hole Proves A Biggie


Outbursts of super-hot gas observed with a CSIRO radio telescope have clinched the identity of the first known “middleweight” black hole, Science Express reports online today.

Before it was found, astronomers had good evidence for only supermassive black holes — ones a million to a billion times the mass of the Sun — and “stellar mass” ones, three to thirty times the mass of the Sun.

CSIRO’s Dr Ron Ekers, who studies supermassive black holes in the centres of galaxies, said “We don’t know for sure how supermassive black holes form, but they might come from medium-size ones merging. So finding evidence of these intermediate-mass black holes is exciting.”

Full Story: http://www.csiro.au/en/Portals/Media/Belching-black-hole-proves-a-biggie.aspx

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