Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time.
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton, have together accurately measured, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass two million times that of our sun.
NASA astronomers describe NGC 3344 as a "glorious" spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies some 25 million light-years distant.
The spirit of Alex Cox’s 1984 movie Repo Man will be resurrected with a tribute album, set to be released September 9th, 2012.
Many giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are spinning faster than at any time in the history of the universe, and may have been set in motion comparatively recently, new research shows.
University of Utah physicists have stored information for 112 seconds in atomic nuclei and then been able to read it back.