X-ray Detection of Binary Black Holes

An international team of astrophysicists from the University of Bonn in Germany, the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Virginia has detected a proto supermassive binary black hole in images from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The scientists found that these two black holes are gravitationally bound and orbit each other. Their results will be published in an upcoming issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics. “The two black holes have been previously seen in radio images,” notes NRL team member Tracy Clarke of the Laboratory’s Remote Sensing Division, “however these findings report the first X-ray detection of these black holes.”

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