An international team led by the University of Southampton has been observing a black spinning around its axis at its near maximum rate in our galaxy. It is hoped that the study will shed more light on the characteristics of black holes and their surrounding environment.
This week was a disappointing one for NASA and fans of space exploration, as the space agency announced that two pioneering projects, the Kepler Space Telescope, and the Dawn spacecraft asteroid explorer, have run out of fuel and both will be left to drift in space.
UK scientists have made the first observation of gas falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light offering support to the theory that misaligned gas discs around black holes can cause material to fall directly into the space-time event liberating huge amounts of energy.
August 11th saw the launch of NASA’s Parker solar probe. A probe with a unique mission; to beam back a record of the plasma that comprises the Sun’s corona and the magnetic fields which shape it. The probe will fly closer to the Sun than any probe has before, facing brutal heat and radiation, even flying through the Sun’s corona, the outermost part of the star’s atmosphere. The research team behind the mission hope that this data will help solve several mysteries surrounding the Sun, such as what heats this plasma to 200 times temperature of the sun’s surface?