Welcome to the 4th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This episode features news about the discovery of an intermediate mass black hole, and the next in our series of interviews with prominent figures in South African amateur astronomy. This weeks guest: Chris Stewart.
Galaxies around the universe are now known to have supermassive black holes at their cores, and these SMBH’s are known for their powerful jets of high energy partcicles streaming away along their north and south poles. Recently, the Chandra X-ray space telescope has been peering through the dense wall of gas and dust which lies between us and our own SMBH, and has finally confirmed that we too have one of these vast jets in our own Milky Way galaxy.High … Continue reading →
It’s commonly known amongst astronomers, if not so much amongst the general public, that if you head outside and look up at the constellation of Sagittarius, you’ll be directly facing a vast black hole, millions of times more massive than the Sun. This beast dwells at the very core of the Milky Way galaxy, stirring up all the material for light years around and devouring anything that approaches too directly. It’s hard to see because there are such vast clouds … Continue reading →