Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Keeping up with the Markarian 739s

Yes, this sort of news interests me so while looking at what the internet has I saw this: Two black holes found in neighboring galaxy Markarain 739, both active.

There MAY be two black holes at the core of a nearby galaxy according to a new study to be published in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters. (Please take note of the disclaimer)

The Milky Way, another nearby galaxy; has super massive black holes at the center but in this case with Markarian 739, it’s rare to find two black holes so close, approximately 11,000 light years away. 
I'm not exactly sure about their proximity but they might just be too close they might start sucking each other and start massive black hole collisions - putting an end to the Universe and our puny existence.

A study using NASA's Swift satellite and the Chandra X-ray Observatory has found a second supersized black hole at the heart of an unusual nearby galaxy already known to be sporting one.
The galaxy, which is known as Markarian 739 or NGC 3758, lies 425 million light-years away toward the constellation Leo. Only about 11,000 light-years separate the two cores, each of which contains a black hole gorging on infalling gas.
It’s very interesting yet, pretty much useless. They said that these two black holes are both active perhaps from a collision of two galaxies.
I’m still thinking about how to apply this sort of knowledge to my daily starving writer lifestyle… 

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