Posts Tagged ‘black hole’

NASA’s black hole-hunting NuSTAR mission launched today

By   posted Jun 13th 2012  

NASA launches black holehunting NuSTAR mission today

The black hole-hunting telescope NASA announced last month launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean today. The $165 million NuSTAR mission will spend two years scouring the universe for black holes by scanning X-ray light at higher energies than its predecessors. According to, NuSTAR will especially target high-energy regions of the universe where “matter is falling onto black holes, as well as the leftovers from dead stars after they’ve exploded in supernovas.” Head on past the break for a video of the launch and click through to the source link for more details and images.


Omnivorous Black Holes Like This One Are Pretty Much the Sharks of Space

By Dan Nosowitz Posted 05.03.2012 at 12:57 pm

Scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Johns Hopkins University report seeing a phenomenon we’ve all imagined: a black hole devouring a star.

A black hole at the center of a galaxy about 2.7 billion light-years away, one about the same size as the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way, was observed sucking the life out of a star.

Fed Up With Sluggish Neutrinos, Scientists Force Light To Move Faster Than Its Own Speed Limit

By Rebecca Boyle Posted 05.03.2012 at 3:07 pm


Our nation’s official keepers of time and other standards are breaking one of the cardinal rules: They have figured out how to make superluminal light pulses. This paradoxical sentence — faster-than-light light — is from a new paper explaining how to make the sine wave of light hunch in on itself and arrive a few nanoseconds earlier than it would if it had moved at light speed.