Sunday, December 9, 2012

My experience

Thanks to this student blog, over the semester, I have deepened my knowledge of some very useful astronomy concepts.  I have learned more about binary systems, black holes, star formation, exoplanets, and many other extremely interesting astronomy concepts. 

Astronomy is my major and it is a very important part of my life so doing something i love and getting to express some of my thoughts about it to this big internet community has been a blessing.  I loved the fact that I got so many views and I even got comments and or questions on some of my blog posts.  I have to say that I liked the questions the most because they were really good questions. 

I want to thank everyone for ready this blog and I hope you all will continue to read the blog in the future!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Colloquium November 29

On November 29, 2012 the University of Michigan welcomed Andy Fabian to speak on Black holes and their environments.

Andy Fabian is a professor at the University of Cambridge. He has received many awards through out his career and he has taught around the world.

During his lecture Fabian focused primarily on the way we view black holes. He talked about how the amount of radiation (energy from matter around the black hole) depends on what surrounds the black hole.  He gave details about how we view the spectra of the released energy. He said that the radiation that is sent out by black holes is often in the X-ray band because it has such high energy. 

Fabian talked about how the energy of a black hole varies if it has a spinning accretion disk or a non spinning accretion disk.  He said that spinning accretion disks release 5 times more energy (radiation) than non spinning disks release.  He also said that some black hole shoot jets and these jets can go out as far as 5 Mpcs.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Black hole's affected by surrounding matter

Many black holes are affected by matter that is found around them. These objects that affect black       holes include orbiting stars, gas, planetary objects, comets, asteroids,  and many other celestial object.

When Black holes are affected astronomers can view the effects through X-ray emissions from the luminous black holes.  Astronomers, through X-ray emissions, can see the black hole's strong gravitational affects, its gravity redshifts, its gravitational light bending, its delays, and its dragging of inertial frames in the Kerr metric. 

The accretion disks that surround black holes include lots of dust that affect the energy outputs of the black holes.  These disks can create soft X-ray emission or hard X-ray emission.  These accretion disks can surround both spinning and non spinning black holes.  However, spinning black holes produce 5 times as much power as non spinning black holes.

End of Term Evaluation

If you've been reading this blog this term, we'd really appreciate it if you could take a minute or two to let us know what you thought.
It really is quick!