Giant black hole burp could transform an entire galaxy

A supermassive black hole at the centre of the PDS 456 galaxy has been caught belching up gusts of gas so strong, they could halt star formation and stunt the growth of the entire galaxy.

The discovery was made by an international team of astronomers that used the European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton telescope, and NASA’s NuSTAR telescope, to watch the activity of this colossal cosmic object that lies two billion light-years away from Earth, and boasts a mass of no less than a billion Suns. For comparison, the black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has ‘just’ 4.3 million times the mass of the Sun.

SpaceX: Operating on both coast in the same day

Update:  The launch got cancelled due to high winds.  Both otherwise it would have been a busy day with a launch and recovery on the same day.

“Tuesday will be a busy day, but SpaceX has planned and prepared for this scenario,” spokesman John Taylor said. “We have separate operations and recovery teams on both coasts, so we are equipped to handle both events simultaneously.”

via West to East Coast: SpaceX Ready for Extreme Multitasking : Discovery News.