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Fraser
2008-Oct-15, 05:20 PM
What is the environment around a black hole really like? Astronomers are getting a better idea by observing the light coming from the accretion disk surrounding black holes. The light is not constant it flares, sputters and sparkles and this flickering provides new and surprising insights into the colossal amount of energy [...]

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jimmarsen
2008-Oct-23, 04:18 AM
The UT article indicates that the light varies on a subsecond timescale. Does that mean it is being emitted from an object smaller than Jupiter?