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Gemini Observations Show Distant Black Hole Pair is “Photobombing” Culprit

30 Nov 2017, 18:02 UTC
Gemini Observations Show Distant Black Hole Pair is “Photobombing” Culprit

X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Washington/T. Dorn-Wallenstein et. al.; Optical: NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton et. al. and R. Gendler.

Gemini observations played a critical role in research by scientists at the University of Washington in their quest to identify an object which appears to be “photobombing” the Andromeda Galaxy. The researchers determined that rather than being a binary star system within the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy, as previously thought, the object is really a distant galaxy containing a supermassive black hole binary – a pair of black holes orbiting each other very closely within the galaxy’s core.

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