Black Hole

"Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar" - Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO
Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar
Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO
Image Caption: “This X-ray image shows the central portion of the Andromeda Galaxy. The blue dot in the center of the image is an unusual “cool” million degree X-ray source of unknown nature. Just above this cool source is a source (yellow) that is thought to be due to X-rays from matter swirling toward a supermassive black hole in the nucleus of the galaxy. This black hole contains the mass of 30 million suns. Numerous other X-ray sources are also apparent. Most of these are probably due to X-ray binary systems, in which a neutron star or black hole is in a close orbit around a normal star.”

Chandra, the X-Ray Space Observatory, has been sending back some amazing pictures. Space.com has a great one here [defunct link] of a possible black hole discovered in the Andromeda galaxy.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.