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Measuring the Universe's "Exit Door"
September 27, 2012
An international team, led by researchers at MIT's Haystack Observatory, has for the first time, measured the radius of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy--the closest distance at which matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole.
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