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A Sky Chock-Full of Black Holes

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With its all-sky infrared survey, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has identified millions of quasar candidates. Quasars are supermassive black holes with masses millions to billions times greater than our sun. The black holes “feed” off surrounding gas and dust, pulling the material onto them. As the material falls in on the black hole, it becomes extremely hot and extremely bright. This image zooms in on one small region of the WISE sky, covering an area about three times larger than the moon. The WISE quasar candidates are highlighted with yellow circles.

Read more: NASA’s WISE Survey Uncovers Millions of Black Holes

Written by physicsgg

August 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Posted in ASTRONOMY, ASTROPHYSICS

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