The Missing Link To Understanding Black Hole Evolution Possibly Found

February 28, 2015 10:20 PM

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Scientists may have discovered the missing link to understanding black hole evolution. With the help of the NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network the team identified an interesting object which they named NGC 2276-3c, located in one of the arms of the spiral galaxy NGC 2276, situated about 100 million light-years from Earth.

The NGC 2276 is considered an “intermediate-mass black hole” (IMBH) with masses ranging between a few hundreds to a few hundred thousand Suns. A representative of this class has been sought for many years but up until now, never observed. Tim Roberts of the University of Durham in U.K. explained how...

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