Ep. 21, Page 39

smbhax on Jan. 27, 2014

Okay I need to start chewing down my backlog of news-ish links, I'm too scared to even look at it in its entirety right now to see how long it is–but the ones at the bottom are from November 2011. : P I think I actually still have like two news link lists older than that that I never got to, archived somewhere, but hey you gotta start cutting somewhere:
Nov 4, 2011: Monster Black Hole Eats Worlds (abc.net.au) - This one is actually about A*, with a team saying that the little daily flares of x-ray and infrared light they see coming out of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy on a daily basis must be from it munching on a steady diet of planets and little gas clouds, whereas the much much bigger flare you'd get from a star will only come along every 100,000 years or so at current activity levels.
Dec 5, 2011: Team sees biggest black holes yet (bbc.co.uk) - This article talks about the two supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies NGC 3842 and NGC 4889 as being freshly calculated at weighing in at just under 10 billion solar masses each (A* is only about 4 million), saying that “until now, the biggest known was some 6.3 billion times the mass of the Sun.” I'm not sure why they'd say that though since, as I already mentioned in a post from June of that year, the biggest known even then was the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy OJ 287, estimated at a whopping 18 billion solar masses. Don't be dissin' my OJ 287, BBC!