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Re: Black Hole Research Paper

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Posted by Cook on December 11, 1998 02:06:54 UTC

1.) Yes, it seems that spiral galaxies (especially the Milky Way) have super-massive black holes in their nucleus. Nothing else could really account for the behavior of galactic nuclei. 2.) As material is swirled into the gravity of the black hole, it would heat up to millions of degrees and release vast amounts of energy, especially high energy photons like x-rays. 3.) Aside from being x-ray sources, it is possible to detect black holes by their gravitational pull on other objects. 4.) Many objects in the universe have virtually no other choice than to be black holes due to their characteristics (like their effects on other objects and invisibility). 5.) Studying black holes is VERY interesting in all respects. Astronomers aren't really trying to prove anything, as black holes are theoretical predictions.

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