Kicked Black Hole or Supernova?

November 21, 2014 1:37 PM

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According to researchers, an unusual source of light that they assume to be a huge star or black hole kicked out of a galaxy, has been discovered some 90 million light-years away. On the other hand it could be a giant star exploding over an exceptionally long period of time – at least several decades. Anyhow, one thing is certain: this mysterious object is something quite intriguing, a source of unstoppable interest for physicists all over the world due to its potential to provide experimental confirmation of the much-discussed gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein.

The dwarf galaxy Markarian 177 and its unusual source SDSS1133 both lie 90 million light-years away. The galaxies are located in the bowl of the Big Dipper, a well-known star pattern in the constellation Ursa Major. SDSS1133 may be the remnant of a massive star that erupted for a record period of ti...

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