NASA discovers 10 supermassive black holes … by accident

BY News Desk  September 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM EDT

Photo coutesy of NASA/JPL/CalTech.

NASA’s NuSTAR X-Ray telescope found 10 supermassive black holes last week, almost by accident.

“We found the black holes serendipitously. We were looking at known targets and spotted the black holes in the background of the images,” lead researcher David Alexander said in a statement. These black holes hide in the center of galaxies, pulling in matter around them. As matter falls in, the supermassive black hole ejects a huge burst of X-ray radiation. That’s what the NuSTAR telescope detected.

Read more at NASA’s website.

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