View Full Version : Black Hole Erupts on Camera

2006-Nov-27, 10:18 PM
ESA's Integral space observatory has spotted a blast of gamma rays from a suspected black hole in the Milky Way. the outburst occurred on September 17, 2006, and gradually built in brightness over the course of a few days before declining again. It's this rise and fall of brightness, called a light curve, that allowed astronomers identify the source as a black hole. It's likely that a disk of gas and material orbiting the black hole became unstable, and a portion of it collapsed, creating the outburst.

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