Missing link found between supernovae and black holes (artist's impression)

Artist's impression shows a black hole and its yellow companion star being sent out on a long journey through the Milky Way galaxy by the explosive kick of a supernova - one of the Universe's most titanic events. Observations made by the ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope have allowed astronomers to measure the motion of this black-hole system across the sky using images taken in 1996 and 2001. The results are surprising: the black hole streaks across the plane of our Milky Way at a velocity 4 times that of stars around it! This is the first direct link between black holes and the supernovae that create them.

This artist's impression shows a black hole and its yellow companion star being sent out on a out on a long journey through the Milky Way galaxy by the explosive kick of a supernova - one of the Universe's most titanic events. New observations made by the ESA/NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have allowed astronomers to measure the motion of this black hole system across the sky using images taken in 1995 and 2001. The results are surprising: the black hole streaks across the plane of our Milky Way at a velocity 4 times that of stars around it! This is the first direct link between black holes and the supernovae that create them.

Credit:

European Space Agency, NASA and Felix Mirabel (the French Atomic Energy Commission & the Institute for Astronomy and Space Physics/Conicet of Argentina)

About the Image

Id:heic0211a
Type:Artwork
Release date:18 November 2002, 15:00
Related releases:heic0211
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Black Hole
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
• X - Stars Images/Videos

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