Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Smallest Deep Space Object a Real Drag

A tiny black hole, just 15 miles across, has been discovered right here in the Milky Way by NASA scientists, reports Reuters. Despite its small size, and relatively small mass (about 3.8 times the mass of our sun), the hole known as J1650 still boasts a pull "stronger than bigger black holes found at the centers of galaxies."

Using the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite, scientists used a cutting edge method to locate J1650. The process involved measuring "oscillation of hot gas piling up near the black hole as it sucks in matter."

As it turns out, Einstein predicted black holes with a mass 3.8 times the size of our sun would be 15 miles across. The likelihood of finding a smaller black hole is slim. If a smaller star collapsed, it would probably end up as a
neutron star.

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