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How NASA’s Roman Space Telescope Will Uncover Lonesome Black Holes

13 Apr 2021, 14:00 UTC
How NASA’s Roman Space Telescope Will Uncover Lonesome Black Holes NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab

NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will provide an unprecedented window into the infrared universe when it launches in the mid-2020s. One of the mission’s planned surveys will use a quirk of gravity to reveal thousands of new planets beyond our solar system. The same survey will also provide the best opportunity yet to definitively detect solitary small black holes for the first time. Formed when a star with more than 20 solar masses exhausts the nuclear fuel in its core and collapses under its own weight, these objects are known as stellar-mass black holes.

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