Tag Archives: Milky Way

‘Missing link’ black hole discovered by astronomers

by Reuters, New York Post

Scientists have detected a mid-size black hole – considered the “missing link” in the understanding of these celestial brutes – eviscerating an unfortunate star that strayed too close.

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and two X-ray observatories, the researchers determined that this black hole is more than 50,000 times the mass of our sun and located 740 million light years from Earth in a dwarf galaxy, one containing far fewer stars than our Milky Way.

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Scientists use the Milky Way to hunt for dark matter

by Chelsea Gohd, Space.com

Scientists studying a mysterious signal from far-off galaxies didn’t find dark matter as they’d hoped. But the inventive new technique they used to detect this strange signal, which uses our own galaxy to hunt for dark matter, could elevate the hunt for the elusive material.

For decades, scientists have been searching for dark matter, an invisible material that doesn’t interact with light but which permeates our entire universe. And a signal coming from a nearby galaxy spotted in a 2014 study gave scientists hope that this was the long-sought evidence for dark matter. 

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Amateur astronomers help discover incredible teardrop-shaped star

by James Rogers, Fox News

After a 40-year search, astronomers have spotted a first-of-its-kind star that pulsates on just one side.

Amateur astronomers played an important role in the discovery by trawling through data from NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

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Scientists Just Found an “Impossible” Black Hole in The Milky Way Galaxy

by Michelle Starr, ScienceAlert

A new black hole search method has just yielded fruit, and boy is it juicy. Astronomers have found a stellar-mass black hole clocking in at around 70 times the mass of the Sun – but according to current models of stellar evolution, its size is impossible, at least in the Milky Way.

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A new type of black hole has been discovered and it may be the smallest ever, astronomers say

by Ashley Strickland, CNN

Astronomers studying black holes in our galaxy, the Milky Way, have discovered what they believe to be a new type of black hole. This previously unknown class of black holes could be smaller than others that were previously dubbed the smallest black holes.

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