We’ve found small black holes and we’ve found really, really big black holes. But what about the “inbetweener” black holes?
The very existence of this class of black hole is disputed, but a Japanese group of astronomers have found the potential locations of three intermediate black hole (IMBH) candidates inside previously unknown star clusters near the center of the Milky Way.
But what are IMBHs and why are they so important?
Image: Artist’s impression of one of the star clusters containing an IMBH. Credit: Keio University
This incredible slideshow by Space Editor Ian O’Neill.
Image: The first stars in the Universe doused the cosmos in ionizing radiation, beginning the “reionization era.” Credits: SLAC/KIPAC, John Wise and Tom Abel (simulation), Ralf Kaehler (visualization).
Totally forgot about this slide show. Epic visualization. Thanks Rose for re-sharing!
Everyone loves a good mystery. And, some science mysteries are so strange that they take on legendary status.
The so-called Pioneer Anomaly — which at first seemed to challenge the laws of physics — is a case study of when it’s best to bank on the simplest explanation for even the weirdest of observations.
Damn. And my money was on the “alien hitchhiker” explanation.
The space that we’re looking through is 9-dimensional. If you build a mathematical model, the amount of searching that we’ve done in 50 years is equivalent to scooping one 8-ounce glass out of the Earth’s ocean, looking and seeing if you caught a fish. No, no fish in that glass? Well, I don’t think you’re going to conclude that there are no fish in the ocean. You just haven’t searched very well yet. That’s where we are.
Possibly my favorite astronomical view… taken with the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory.
The Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory, near Flagstaff, Ariz., is complete and has begun observing the cosmos with its 16-million-pixel camera. This camera is a close relative to the NSF-funded 36-million-pixel Large Monolithic Imager (LMI) that is now undergoing advanced testing and will soon be the primary imager for the DCT.
It was just over a year ago that I started this Tumblr with DiscoveryNews. It’s been an illuminating and fun as hell experience.
And so, flushed with mixed emotions, I am starting on my three day farewell to you followers.
My last day Tumbling for you will be this Wednesday.
But you can find me here at my own personal Tumblr and in a few weeks, you can sometimes find me here and here.
I will leave you in good hands with Trace Dominguez and other various DNews editors who will take over the reigns here.
But from now until Wednesday, get ready for the long goodbye! I am going to revisit some of my favorite Tumblr moments of the last year. Yes, it’s sentimental. But I am really going to miss you all!
So sad you’re leaving, Rose :(
Only hours before SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the first private company to carry out a cargo test-run to the International Space Station (ISS) is ready to make history. Shown here on Friday, the Falcon 9 rocket stands proud on the launchpad.