View Full Version : Large and Small, Black Holes Feed the Same Way

2006-Dec-07, 01:51 AM
Whether you're dealing with a stellar mass black hole, or a supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy, it appears they consume matter in much the same way. It's all just an issue of scale. Researchers have studied the accretion disks around both stellar and supermassive black holes, and found they seem to emit the same pattern of X-rays. Because of their size, the supermassive variety consume matter over long periods. By studying the smaller variety, researchers can model what will happen on larger scales.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/12/06/large-and-small-black-holes-feed-the-same-way/)

2006-Dec-07, 04:47 PM
This is a nice result. It makes studying these things and modeling them much simpler.