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The Lonely Giant – NGC 1600

Astronomers have discovered an enormously massive galaxy, NGC 1600, 209 light years away. NGC 1600 is an elliptical galaxy that is 17,000,000,000 billion solar masses. There are many massive black holes in the Universe (Source). In fact, there is a black hole at the center of every galaxy. It is thought that perhaps black holes […] Continue reading

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The Power of a Black Hole Merger

  An article by Christopher Crockett in ScienceNews came out 5 days ago that stated the amount of power output by the merging of two black holes. This was the same event detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, the first detection of observational gravitational waves. The power of merger was apparently 3.6 x 10^49 watts! […] Continue reading

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What’s the deal with black holes?

(Artist’s depiction of a black hole “stealing” mass from a nearby star) What are black holes? Black holes are supermassive cosmic objects. They can be very large or as small as an atom. These atom-sized black holes are so massive that, if on Earth, they could have the same mass as a large mountain. Super […] Continue reading

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The Beauty of Science and the Firewall Paradox

  Image from this site. For more information on the conventional view of black holes, read the hyperlinked article. “Einstein was wrong.” Of course he wasn’t wrong about everything, and to many it may seem like he was only wrong over a minor point. And to most, like myself, it may seem obvious to conclude that … Continue reading The Beauty of Science and the Firewall Paradox Continue reading

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Black Hole Collisions

Even with little formal expertise about black holes, most people know that black holes are extremely powerful regions in space in which gravity “sucks in” everything around the black hole with no chance of escape.  Now imagine if two of these massive regions were to collide.  It is easy to infer that said collision would […] Continue reading

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Wormholes – Science Fiction May Be Real

We’ve all seen numerous movies or TV shows with spaceships travelling through what is called a wormhole to emerge on the other side into an alternate universe. Although the idea of these cosmological shortcuts may seem wholly exaggerated, they might actually solve many of the mysteries concerning black holes. For instance, the idea of black […] Continue reading

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