Minor Merger Kicks Supermassive Black Hole into High Gear
October 30, 2017
A team of researchers used the Subaru Telescope to study the galaxy M77, which is famous for its super-active nucleus that releases enormous energy. The unprecedented deep image of the galaxy reveals evidence of a hidden minor merger billions of years ago. The discovery gives crucial evidence for the minor merger origin of active galactic nuclei...
Optical/Infrared Telescopes Follow Gravitational Waves to Treasure
October 16, 2017
Astronomers have tracked down the source of a gravitational wave and discovered the first observed kilonova: a nuclear furnace 100 million times brighter than the Sun producing thousands of times the entire mass of the Earth in heavy elements such as precious metals...