New Black Hole Discovered In Our Milky Way Through X-Ray Nova (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 14:12
New Black Hole Discovered In Our Milky Way Through X-Ray Nova (VIDEO)
By Keerthi Chandrashekar
Posted: Oct 06, 2012 12:21 PM EDT
Black holes exhibit such an incredible gravitational pull that they suck even light in, making them essentially invisible. Astronomers have to look for clues in the space around them to locate and study black holes, and now, an X-Ray burst has revealed a new stellar-mass black hole could exist in our Milky Way galaxy.
The black hole was discovered through NASA's Swift satellite which detected escalating bursts of X-Rays from the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
"Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they're essentially once-a-mission events and this is the first one Swift has seen," said Neil Gehrels, the mission's principal investigator, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "This is really something we've been waiting for."