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Black holes caught in tug-of-war

By T.K. Randall
April 7, 2009 · Comment icon  comments

Image Credit: NASA/Harvard
A mysterious phenomenon in which a suppermassive black hole can regulate its energy during a tug-of-war with a hot radiation wind from the debris disk has been observed in a relatively small black hole via the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Supermassive black holes that pack the heft of billions of suns have the capacity to regulate their energy during a tug-of-war with a hot radiation wind that blows in from their debris disks. Now 10 years worth of observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory have uncovered the first clear evidence of this mysterious phenomenon occurring in a small black hole just 14 times the mass of the sun."

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