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posted 26. January 2005 23:05
Source: NASA for researchers
10th January 2005.
Close to Black Holes' Edges, Scientists Make Two Discoveries
Dolores Beasley, Bill Steigerwald
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One discovery involves a stellar-size black hole in our galaxy. Scientists detected streams of gas that appear to be surfing on a wave of space as the gas falls toward the black hole. This provides compelling evidence for an exotic prediction of Einstein's theory of general relativity: how a spinning black hole can drag the fabric of space around with it, creating a choppy sea of space that distorts all that passes through it on a descent into the black hole.
The other discovery involves a super massive black hole in a galaxy more than 170 million light years away. Scientists clocked three separate clumps of hot iron gas whipping around the black hole at 20,000 miles per second, which is more than 10 percent of light speed. This marks the first time scientists could trace individual blobs of shredded matter on a complete journey around such a black hole.
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