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Astronomers find evidence of 'missing link' black hole - UQ News;

Astronomers find evidence of 'missing link' black hole - UQ News

UQ NewsAstronomers find evidence of 'missing link' black holeUQ NewsA handful of pulsars at the centre of 47 Tucanae whips around an invisible object with a strong gravitational tug. Image: Bülent Kızıltan and Elif Mokran. 9 February 2017. An international team of astronomers today announced new evidence for the ...and more »

Scientists discover new kind of black hole - The Sydney Morning Herald;

Scientists discover new kind of black hole - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning HeraldScientists discover new kind of black holeThe Sydney Morning HeraldBlack holes are not necessarily as big – or as small – as astronomers thought, a team of international researchers has discovered. Evidence has emerged of a so-called "middleweight" black hole, the first of its mass known to science, about 13,000 light ...and more »

Scientists Find Black Hole Hiding Quietly in a Stellar Hot Mess - Inverse;

Scientists Find Black Hole Hiding Quietly in a Stellar Hot Mess - Inverse

InverseScientists Find Black Hole Hiding Quietly in a Stellar Hot MessInverseIf you're a black hole, you're either a really small hole or a supermassive monster one — there's nothing in between. At least that's what astronomers observed since there was no proof of middleweight black holes — until now. Now, in a study to be ...and more »

'Middleweight' black hole discovered in world-first, Queensland scientist says - ABC Online;

'Middleweight' black hole discovered in world-first, Queensland scientist says - ABC Online

ABC Online'Middleweight' black hole discovered in world-first, Queensland scientist saysABC OnlineA Queensland scientist has played a vital role in the world-first discovery of a "middleweight" black hole in space, spending 40 years searching the universe to find it. University of Queensland astronomer Associate Professor Holger Baumgardt said it ...and more »

A middleweight black hole is hiding at the center of a giant star cluster - Science Daily;

A middleweight black hole is hiding at the center of a giant star cluster - Science Daily

Science DailyA middleweight black hole is hiding at the center of a giant star clusterScience DailyDate: February 8, 2017; Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Summary: All known black holes fall into two categories: small, stellar-mass black holes weighing a few suns, and supermassive black holes weighing millions or billions of suns.and more »

Hidden Black Hole in Globular Cluster May Be a Cosmic Middle Child - Space.com;

Hidden Black Hole in Globular Cluster May Be a Cosmic Middle Child - Space.com

Space.comHidden Black Hole in Globular Cluster May Be a Cosmic Middle ChildSpace.comAn artist's illustration of an intermediate-mass black hole in the foreground as it distorts light from a more distant globular star cluster in the background. Credit: hidden black hole, middleweight black holes, strange black holes, how black holes ...and more »

Best Evidence Yet for an Intermediate-Mass Black Hole - Sky & Telescope;

Best Evidence Yet for an Intermediate-Mass Black Hole - Sky & Telescope

Sky & TelescopeBest Evidence Yet for an Intermediate-Mass Black HoleSky & TelescopeAn intermediate-mass black hole might be lurking within a dense stellar cluster — a discovery that could point toward how these oddities form. Computer generated image of a black hole causing distortions in the surrounding light. Alain Riazuelo.and more »

Astronomers find a new class of black holes - Astronomy Magazine;

Astronomers find a new class of black holes - Astronomy Magazine

Astronomy MagazineAstronomers find a new class of black holesAstronomy MagazineSome black holes are small. Some black holes are giant. But oddly enough, in the cosmic fight between innocent passing stars and voracious black holes, scientists have never found a mid-sized black hole. Until now. The star cluster 47 Tucanae, located ...and more »

Middling black hole may be hiding in star cluster - Science News;

Middling black hole may be hiding in star cluster - Science News

Science NewsMiddling black hole may be hiding in star clusterScience NewsHIDDEN FIGURE An intermediate-mass black hole about 2,200 times as heavy as the sun may lurk at the center of this dense ball of stars, a globular cluster called 47 Tucanae. NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, ...and more »

Rare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star cluster - New Scientist;

Rare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star cluster - New Scientist

New ScientistRare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star clusterNew ScientistNASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration/J. Mack (STScI) and G. Piotto (University of Padova, Italy). By Ken Croswell. We've caught another glimpse of a shy cosmic monster. Middle-weight black holes are elusive, but our best ...and more »

Astronomers discover a missing link of cosmos - The Australian;

Astronomers discover a missing link of cosmos - The Australian

The AustralianAstronomers discover a missing link of cosmosThe AustralianAstronomers say they have found a missing link of the cosmos — a “middleweight” black hole that didn't quite make the big time. Researchers discovered the cosmic vacuum cleaner, about 2200 times as heavy as the sun, within a ball of several million ...and more »

The One Kind of Black Hole Astronomers Can't Pin Down - The Atlantic;

The One Kind of Black Hole Astronomers Can't Pin Down - The Atlantic

The AtlanticThe One Kind of Black Hole Astronomers Can't Pin DownThe AtlanticLike ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. When it comes to size, nearly all the known black holes in the universe fall into two categories: They're big, or they're really, really big. Stellar mass black ...and more »