View Full Version : Black Hole Flares as it Gobbles Matter

2005-Sep-07, 03:17 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory recently spotted a flare in the infrared spectrum as matter was consumed by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. They calculated that the flare, which only lasted for a few minutes, happened only a few thousandths of an arc second away from the centre of the Milky Way - this corresponds to the event horizon of the black hole. This observation allowed the astronomers to measure that the black hole is spinning very rapidly.

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