Magnetar Found at Giant Black Hole
Dale Frail couldn't resist the prospect of watching a black hole swallow its prey.
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“Geologist [I'm Climate Change]”
Since: Mar 07
#1 May 15, 2013
As a result of the magnetar being traceable via its period it will be an independent indicator of orbital velocity around the black hole.
Will likely be rather handy in pinning down the mass of sgr A* in the tens of thousands to thousands of solar masses bracket, and being X ray it will also be rather more resolved than the IR views of the nearby bright stars.
Would also probably be able to notice the flares as the magnetar crashes through the equatorial drag & spin disc of the supermassive black hole, as sgr A* & the magnetar will not have a similar rotation axis & will precess & different rates & directions.
Have a nice day: Ag
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