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Astronomers witness the apparent birth of a black hole

from The Washington Post

For the first time, scientists believe they have witnessed the birth of a black hole. The evidence began arriving 30 years ago from a star 50 million light-years away that had imploded, setting into motion events that created a region where gravity is so great that nothing can escape, even light. The initial 1979 observation of the exploding star was made by an amateur astronomer from Western Maryland, but the profession's top scientists have studied it intently with increasingly sophisticated orbiting X-ray telescopes. more


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