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NASA's Chandra Suggests Rare Explosion Created Our Galaxy's Youngest Black Hole

13 Feb 2013, 18:33 UTC
NASA's Chandra Suggests Rare Explosion Created Our Galaxy's Youngest Black Hole
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WASHINGTON -- New data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star.

The remnant, called W49B, is about a thousand years old as seen from Earth and located about 26,000 light-years away.

"W49B is the first of its kind to be discovered in the gal [...]

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