January 5, 2016 Press Release
Black Hole Biggest Loser
EMBARGOED until Tuesday, 5 January 2016, at 10:15 am EST (15:15 UTC/GMT)
Professor Julie Comerford
University of Colorado, Boulder
Cell phone: 303 242-2181
I will be available to meet at the AAS meeting in Kissimmee, FL all week until Friday evening, January 8
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Caption: An image of the galaxy SDSS J1126+2944 taken with the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The X-ray observations, shown in purple, reveal the locations of two black holes, which were brought together by a merger of two galaxies. The arrow points to the black hole biggest loser, which lost most of the weight of the stars that surrounded it. These stars were stripped away by extreme gravitational forces during the merger of the two galaxies.
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