Thursday, November 29, 2012

Black Hole Sun

Today's Increasing the Awesome video will take us beyond manned space flight and cover some of the other exciting things that NASA is doing with its budget.  NASA is responsible for launching satellites and probes that allow us to investigate and develop a deep understanding of our universe.  One such example is the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission which detects the precise location of gamma-ray bursts (wavelengths of energy that are stronger than x-rays and occur in strong pulses), phenomena that are detectable only about once per day by our current technology in various corners of our universe.  Gamma-rays in astronomy are typically associated with dead/dying stars, active galactic nuclei, and most notably black holes.  The Swift satellite recently found a previously undiscovered black hole near the center of our Milky Way galaxy.  Check it out:

(top image from here)

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