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Local Alum Makes Astronomical Discovery

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Vivienne Baldassare, a 2008 Northport High School graduate and current astrophysics doctoral student at the University of Michigan, has discovered the smallest black hole in a distant galaxy.

Baldassare and her colleagues used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as the 6.5 meter Clay Telescope in Chile to find the black hole 340 light years away.  The data they've compiled will offer insights into whether or not black holes in dwarf galaxies such as this one behave the same as those in larger galaxies.

Read Vivienne Baldassare's blog post about the discovery on Chandra's website.