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Hunting for gravitational waves from monster black holes

Our universe is a chaotic sea of ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Astronomers think waves from orbiting pairs of supermassive black holes in distant galaxies are light-years long and have been trying to observe them for decades, and now they're one step closer thanks to NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space…
bubmag
April 7, 2022
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Swarms of Black Holes at the Milky Way’s Heart? Maybe Not

What lurks at the Milky Way’s heart? Astronomers have known most of the answer for decades. Just as in most large galaxies, a supermassive black hole sits at the core of our own island in the universe, enveloped in a swirling maelstrom of molecular clouds and stars. But something seems…
bubmag
April 5, 2022
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Why UNC vs. Duke is so much more than just a sports rivalry

It’s impossible to really understand the rivalry between UNC and Duke unless you’ve lived in North Carolina. I know, I know — that sounds pretentious as hell. It’s like someone with an apartment in New York saying “you don’t understand trees until you’ve walked through Central Park,” but I promise…
bubmag
March 31, 2022
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Massive Black Holes Shown to Act Like Quantum Particles

quantum physicsBy Charlie WoodMarch 29, 2022 Physicists are using quantum math to understand what happens when black holes collide. In a surprise, they’ve shown that a single particle can describe a collision’s entire gravitational wave. When two black holes collide, the titanic crash ripples out through the very fabric of…
bubmag
March 29, 2022
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Supermassive black holes inhibit stellar births

Not all galaxies in the Universe are actively forming stars. An abundant population of inactive objects forms stars at significantly lower rates. What stops star formation in galaxies? This tends to be the biggest question in understanding galaxy evolution. Using Machine learning and state-of-art simulations, scientists from the University of…
bubmag
March 22, 2022
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Black holes may grow quantum ‘hair’

Home News An artist's illustration of a black hole sucking in all the nearby matter in space. (Image credit: Alberto Gagliardi/Getty Images) What falls into a black hole, stays in a black hole, at least according to the laws of general relativity. But now, new research suggests that the material…
bubmag
March 21, 2022