A black hole almost 8,000 light years away from Earth has caught the eye of astronomers, due to its peculiar, wobbly nature. Called V404 Cygni, the black hole was spotted ejecting high-speed clouds of plasma in a manner that's never been seen before by scientists. V404, like other black hole systems, was sucking up gas from a nearby star. And while black holes have been known to spit out matter, researchers observed V404's jets shooting out plasma in rapid succession. Scroll down for video A black hole almost 8,000 light years away from Earth has caught the eye of astronomers, due to its wobbly nature. Called V404 Cygni, it was spotted ejecting high-speed clouds of plasma Scientists likened the strange phenomenon to the 'wobble of a spinning top,' as it spun rapidly over the span of just a few hours. The study, which was led by the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), was published today in the journal … [Read more...] about Astronomers spot ‘extraordinary’ spinning black hole
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Astrophysicists have long suspected black holes act like wormhole tunnels between two distant points in the universe. Black hole researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have now revealed some types of black holes open up new possibilities for space travel. Until now, the general scientific consensus was spaceships attempting to dash through a black hole would surely face a grim end. However, black holes such as Sagittarius A*, which sits at the centre of the Milky Way, might interact with physical objects in a completely different manner. Related articles Black hole found spinning at almost the SPEED OF LIGHT Was Einstein WRONG? Scientists aim at Einstein's theory of gravity According to Gaurav Khanna, from the University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth, large and slowly spinning black holes like Sagittarius A* might allow for safe passage. In a research article published in The Conservation, the scientist said: “The reason that this is possible is that the … [Read more...] about Can you travel through black holes? New research says YES and here’s how you do it
Black holes are powerful wells of gravity where absolutely nothing, including light, can escape their pull. Scientists are, however, uncertain what exactly happens to an object once it is pulled into a black hole. Does the intense gravity crush the object into nothingness or does a black hole spit it out in some remote part of the universe? Some scientists theorise black holes act like wormholes between two points in time and space. Related articles Black Hole discovery: Massive black hole birth REVEALED in new study Is time travel possible: Physicist says black holes are TIME MACHINES If correct, such wormholes could be used to instantly travel vast distances and maybe even travel through time. Dr Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the City College of New York, argued some of his contemporaries believe black holes act like “gateways” throughout the universe. Speaking to fellow physicists on the Exploration Podcast, Dr Kaku said: “Then the question is what … [Read more...] about Time travel PROOF? Are black hole wormholes gateways to other dimensions and time?
The incredible “ring of fire” black hole was photographed 55 million light-years away from Earth in the galaxy Messier 87. Astronomers on Earth linked eight powerful radio telescopes to snap what is essentially the shadow of the black hole, cast by the glowing clouds of gas around it. The monumental breakthrough was published today across six scientific papers in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The black hole picture is a remarkable achievement because it is not a computer simulation – it is the real deal. Related articles Black hole photo LIVESTREAM: Watch reveal of first black hole pic HERE Black hole picture: Why is the black hole orange? Sheperd S Doeleman, head of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, said: “We have taken the first picture of a black hole. “This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.” EHT astronomers unveiled the black hole image today after two years … [Read more...] about Black hole picture explained: What is a black hole and how did scientists take the photo?
Rapidly spinning black holes — like Gargantua, from the movie "Interstellar" — should produce very different gravitational wave patterns than slower-spinning black holes. (Paramount Pictures) The European Southern Observatory is taking a leaf out of NASA’s playbook: it’s teasing a ‘huge announcement’ next week. And while it hasn’t said what it is — it has revealed it will be the ‘first result from the Event Horizon Telescope’. And that’s a dead giveaway. The Event Horizon Telescope project has been peering through the mass of stars, dust and gas swirling around the center of our galaxy. At its heart is Sagittarius A* — a supermassive black hole. We know it’s there. We’ve been watching the way it whips doomed stars around in elliptical loops with its immense gravity. We’ve even seen it swallowing clouds of superheated gas. But actually picturing it will prove beyond all doubt that the monsters … [Read more...] about Historic ‘look’ at first black hole