"Image shows highest concentration of supermassive black holes ever"
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Image shows highest concentration of supermassive black holes ever
This NASA image shows the highest concentration of black holes ever.
NASA Chandra x-ray observatory released an image that looked like a bunch of out of focus christmas lights with a very black background.
However, the image is actually of space and it contains the highest concentration of black holes ever seen.
NASA says it is the equivalent of 5,000 objects that would fit into the area on the sky covered by the full moon.
This image is comprised of over 7 million seconds of observing time and come from another image known as the Chandra Deep Field South.
That roughly translates to about 81 days of observing time by the way NASA says this is the deepest x-ray image ever obtained.
The colors in the image represent levels of x-ray energy detected by [UNKNOWN].
High energy x-rays are blue.
Medium are green.
And the lowest energy x-rays are red.
About 70% of the objects in the image are super massive black holes.
This part of space is 9 to 11 billion light years away from Earth.
And is located in the constellation, [UNKNOWN].
All right, so it's a pretty picture but what does it mean?
According to Niel Brandt, the person leading the team of astronomers studying the image, the picture will allow researchers to explore the earliest days of black holes in the universe and see how they change over billions of years.
To figure all this out, researchers are combining the Chandra X-ray data with Hubble Space Telescope data.
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