The birth of a new black hole, scientists of Moscow state University devoted to Stephen Hawking

Vladimir Lipunov

/ Press service of Moscow state University. M. V. Lomonosov

Moscow, 20 Mar – AIF-Moscow.

Robotic telescope network “MASTER” of MSU named after M. V. Lomonosov, which is located on Tenerife (Canary Islands), recorded a gamma-ray burst, caused by the collapse of stars and the birth of a black hole.

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For scientists, this was luck, as usually the telescopes are not rapidly to focus, to detect gamma-ray burst from beginning to end. The report observation which scientists have devoted physicist Stephen Hawking, published in The Astronomer”s Telegram.

It is noted that gamma-ray bursts happen almost every day. Bursts of energy accompany the collision of neutron stars or the collapse of a massive star, after which it turns into a neutron star, quark star or black hole. This releases huge amounts of energy, and telescopes notice gamma-ray bursts, even if that gave them the explosions occurred over millions and billions of light years from Earth. Gamma-ray bursts last from milliseconds to tens of seconds and are recorded in different ranges.

Professor of the MSU physics Department, who led the creation of a Global network of telescopes-robots, Vladimir Lipunov noted that the main objective of the network of telescopes “MASTER” consists in fixing of optical radiation, while gamma-ray burst is not diminished. This time, optics was able to see the whole process from beginning to end.

Astronomers also managed to get a light curve of a gamma ray burst, which received the designation GRB180316A, and set the exact coordinates of the outbreak.

British scientist Stephen Hawking passed away March 14 at the age of 76 years. He was known as a popularizer of science and one of the principal researchers and theorists of the nature of black holes.


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