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Japanese Scientists: Our Galaxy's Center Features 24 Black Holes

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  • Stig Agermose
    Source: Agence France-Press via the Nando Times, http://www.nandotimes.com/noframes/story/0,2107,66762-105651-749816-0,00.html Stig *** Japanese scientists
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3, 1999
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      Source: Agence France-Press via the Nando Times,

      http://www.nandotimes.com/noframes/story/0,2107,66762-105651-749816-0,00.html

      Stig

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      Japanese scientists report finding 24 black holes at center of galaxy

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      Copyright �1999 Agence France-Press

      TOKYO (July 2, 1999 8:40 p.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) - A group of
      Japanese scientists say they have discovered 24 black holes at the center
      of the galaxy, contrary to the widely accepted theory that there is only
      one, reports said Saturday.

      The scientists, led by Hiroshi Oya, space physics professor at Tohoku
      University in northern Japan, said they discovered the 24 black holes by
      analyzing radio waves from outer space for 15 years, the reports said.

      The holes exist in clusters, with the two most powerful in the center of
      the galaxy orbiting at very high speed and affecting each other like a
      double star, the Yomiuri Shimbun quoted Oya as saying.

      Black holes are believed to be formed from the remnants of collapsed stars.
      A black hole consists of a large mass compacted so densely that not even
      light can escape the force of its massive gravity.

      The Sankei Shimbun said the team would soon publish the results of its
      research in a U.S. astronomical magazine.

      The daily added it may be difficult to convince many astronomers because
      the observation method used by Oya is not widely accepted.


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