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Largest x-Ray flare from Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Sgr A*


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Of interest: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2015/01-2015/node/590447

Quote: "Last September, after years of watching, a team of scientists led by Amherst College astronomy professor Daryl Haggard observed and recorded the largest-ever flare in X-rays from a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The astronomical event, which was detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, puts the scientific community one step closer to understanding the nature and behavior of supermassive black holes.

Haggard and her colleagues discussed the flare today at a press conference during this year’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.

Supermassive black holes are the largest of black holes, and all large galaxies have one. The one at the center of the Milky Way is called Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*for short), and scientists say it contains about four and a half million times the mass of our Sun."

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