the-star-stuff:

Three-telescope interferometry allows astrophysicists to observe how black holes are fueled

Scientists were able to detect a ring of hot dust that marks the transition from a more distant mixture of gas and dust in a doughnut-shaped structure to a gaseous disk closer to the black hole. By University of California, Santa Barbara — Published: May 17, 2012

Imaged Above: Artist’s view of a dust torus surrounding the accretion disk and the central black hole in active galactic nuclei. Credit: NASA E/PO - Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet
high resolution →

the-star-stuff:

Three-telescope interferometry allows astrophysicists to observe how black holes are fueled

Scientists were able to detect a ring of hot dust that marks the transition from a more distant mixture of gas and dust in a doughnut-shaped structure to a gaseous disk closer to the black hole. By University of California, Santa BarbaraPublished: May 17, 2012
Imaged Above: Artist’s view of a dust torus surrounding the accretion disk and the central black hole in active galactic nuclei. Credit: NASA E/PO - Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet