• Released Tuesday, September 9, 2014
  • Updated Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 2:54PM
  • ID: 11638

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Scientists confirm the existence of a rare type of black hole.

See how astronomers calculated the mass of M82 X-1 in this video.

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As gas streams toward the black hole, it is heated to temperatures of millions of degrees, which is hot enough to emit X-rays.

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X-rays emitted from M82 X-1 can be seen in this image taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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M82 X-1 is located in galaxy Messier 82, shown above.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Messier 82 galaxy image courtesy of NASA/ESA/STScI
M82 X-1 X-ray image courtesy of NASA/CXC

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