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NASA gets good look at black hole at center of Milky Way...

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'...NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, called NuSTAR, has taken its first glimpse of our galaxy’s supermassive black hole, thanks to a recent flare-up at the galactic core.

NuSTAR, a state-of-the-art, space-based X-ray telescope, was aimed at Sagittarius A*, a compact radio source identified as a black hole, for two days in July. The goal was to better understand just what makes our galaxy's central black hole so different from others.

Compared to other galaxies, the Milky Way’s black hole is relatively calm. While other supermassive black holes devour gas and stars around them, releasing large amounts of energy in the process, ours only seems to have the occasional light snack, showing just a bit of activity as matter is consumed: the tell-tale burst of energy seen in X-ray and radio emissions...' http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/25/nasas-nustar-gets-first-look-at-black-hole-at-the-center-of-the-milky-way/

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Thanks for posting that! I'm an astronomy geek. I actually was an astronomy student as an undergrad but quickly found I was far too stupid to get anywhere in it. Still am fascinated by it though; always have been.

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