Los Alamos’ RAPTOR telescopes in New Mexico and Hawaii recorded the birth of a black hole on April 27.
The RAPTOR (RAPid Telescopes for Optical Response) system is a network of small robotic observatories that scan the skies for optical anomalies such as flashes emanating from a star in its death throes as it collapses and becomes a black hole.
This new black hole was detected in the constellation of Leo as an exceptionally bright flash of light and a gamma-burst.
The RAPTOR’s had some help from a trio of NASA satellites. Fermi, NuSTAR and Swift used their instruments to record some of the highest-energy gamma-ray bursts ever measured, the remnants of the black holes formation.
The new black hole (officially, GRB 130427A) is expanding scientist knowledge about these types of events. For instance, the gamma rays recorded are higher than what was thought theoretically possible.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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