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UM Astronomers to use NASA’s Webb Telescope to Weigh a Black Hole

22 Oct 2018, 06:45 UTC
UM Astronomers to use NASA’s Webb Telescope to Weigh a Black Hole NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale (STScI)

Astronomers from the University of Michigan will be amongst the first to use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to weigh a supermassive black hole. Determining a black hole’s mass is critical to understanding how it feeds and affects the surrounding galaxy. UM astronomer Monica Valluri is a co-investigator on a project that was awarded observing time for Early Release Science which will be done shortly after JWST begins operation.

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