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Patterns of Light Emitted From Accretion Disks Vary Depending on Supermassive Black Hole Mass

Colin Burke and colleagues of the American Association For The Advancement Of Science say the flickering light emitted by astrophysical accretion disks can reveal the mass of the supermassive black hole (SMBH) at their center, according to a new study. The findings provide a novel method for characterizing the masses of SMBHs using optical observations…

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