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Smallest Known Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole: Watch Video of Newswise Live Press Conference Event

A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes may be more common than previously believed.

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Supermassive Blackhole Found in Dwarf Galaxy: Watch Video of Newswise Live Press Conference Event

This Hubble Space telescope image shows the gargantuan galaxy M60 in the center, and the ultracompact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 below it and to the right, and also enlarged as an inset. A new international study led by University of Utah astronomer Anil Seth and published in the journal Nature found that M60-UCD1 is the smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center, suggesting the dwarf galaxy originally was much larger but was stripped of its outer layers by gravity from galaxy M60 over billions of years. M60’s gravity also is pulling galaxy NGC4647, upper right, and the two eventually will collide.

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Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole

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Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. The black hole is five times the mass of the one at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

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Astrophysicist Available To Discuss #SolarFlares @unhresearch

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Expert Available to Discuss Solar Storms

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ALMA Achieves New Observing Capabilities

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has reached a major milestone by extending its vision fully into the realm of the submillimeter, the wavelengths of cosmic light that hold intriguing information about the cold, dark, and distant Universe.

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Hubble Finds Companion Star Hidden for 21 Years in a Supernova's Glare

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare class of supernova, known as a Type IIb. The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, dubbed SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion.

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Mysteries of Space Dust Revealed

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA's Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself.

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New iBooks Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch and Sound

A new accessible iBook inspires students of all abilities to pursue futures in science. "Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn" incorporates new assistive technologies so children with disabilities, too, can experience striking deep-space images like never before. Free for download from Apple's iBooks Store, this iBook textbook was created for iPad by analytics provider SAS and STScI.

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Newly Identified Galactic Supercluster Is Home to the Milky Way

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Astronomers using the GBT -- among other telescopes -- have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, which they have dubbed “Laniakea,” which means “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.

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