Team glimpses black hole’s secrets

Team glimpses black hole’s secrets

Observations in M87 suggest promise of budding telescope network

By Nadia Drake, 12:03 PM September 27, 2012

A network of radio telescopes has produced the most detailed observations yet of a supermassive black hole in one distant galaxy’s churning heart. The observations, reported online September 27 in Science, may help explain how some active galactic nuclei launch powerful plasma jets thousands of light-years into space.

“This is a tremendous technical achievement,” Stanford University astrophysicist Roger Blandford says of the new observations. “It’s a step along the road to an ambitious goa...

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