Texas Tech Physicist Discovers Black Holes in Globular Star Clusters, Upsetting 40 Years of Theory

A Texas Tech University astrophysicist was part of a team of researchers that discovered the first examples of black holes in globular star clusters in our own galaxy.
(Texas Tech Release)

A Texas Tech University astrophysicist was part of a team of researchers that discovered the first examples of black holes in globular star clusters in our own galaxy, upsetting 40 years of theories against their possible existence.

 

Tom Maccarone, an associate professor of physics, said the team detected the existence of the black holes by using an array of radio telescopes to pick up a certain type of radio frequency released by these black holes as they eat a star next to them.

 

The results were published in The Astrophysical Journal and featured in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s  ENews news bulletin.

 

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