Scientists Discover Surprisingly Bright Black Hole

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The galaxy Messier 101, nicknamed the Pinwheel Galaxy, lies in the northern circumpolar constellation, Ursa Major (The Great Bear), at a distance of about 21 million light-years from Earth. (European Space Agency & NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

Turns out black holes really aren't so black.

A team of researchers has discovered an incredibly bright black hole located some 22 million light years away in the neighboring Pinwheel Galaxy. It’s twice as bright as astronomers ever thought possible.

Joel Bregman, co-author of the study and professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan, explains how black holes create light and what to expect following this discovery.

Guests:

Joel Bregman

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Phil piner from Massapequa,NY.

How can you possibly comprehend a distance of 22 million years light years
away? Is the universe endless? What is endless?
Does this black hole have any effect on our universe?
So whats it all about Joel?

Dec. 03 2013 10:45 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Every black hole has its silver lining (till it eats it).

Also, when it comes to black holes: not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel but also a light at the beginning of the tunnel(I guess it depends on which end of the black hole you are looking through or at)...

Someday, someone will go through that hole,and another mystery will be solved.

Dec. 03 2013 01:52 PM

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