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Post by APOD Robot » Sat May 12, 2018 4:05 am

Image A Plurality of Singularities at the Galactic Center

Explanation: A recent informal poll found that astronomers don't yet have a good collective noun for a group of black holes, but they need one. The red circles in this Chandra Observatory X-ray image identify a group of a dozen black holes that are members of binary star systems. With 5 to 30 times the mass of the Sun, the black hole binaries are swarming within about 3 light-years of the center of our galaxy where the supermassive black hole identified as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) resides. Yellow circles indicate X-ray sources that are likely less massive neutron stars or white dwarf stars in binary star systems. Alone, black holes would be invisible, but as part of a binary star system they accrete material from their normal companion star and generate X-rays. At the distance of the galactic center Chandra can detect only the brighter of these black hole binary systems as point-like sources of X-rays, hinting that many fainter X-ray emitting black hole binaries should exist there, as yet undetected.

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Post by bystander » Sat May 12, 2018 4:12 am

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Post by Boomer12k » Sat May 12, 2018 4:13 am

"A PASSEL of Black Holes"... "a BUNCH of black holes".... "Galactic Black Holies"...

"A WARD of Black Holes"... "A HOARD of Black Holes"...

"A HOLY of Black Holes".... "Holy Black Holes, Batman!"...that was Robins'

"A BUNG of Black Holes"... "I am Black Holio..."...

"A GRAVITA of Black Holes".... Gravity...get it????

Take your pick...

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Post by rj rl » Sat May 12, 2018 4:39 am

What's the bright source below and to the right of the center?

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Post by stef » Sat May 12, 2018 4:49 am

Calcutta of black holes. Perhaps not politically incorrect now that the city is called Kolkata.

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Post by Fastner » Sat May 12, 2018 7:10 am

How about calling a group of black holes a "monastery" after those monks and friars who wore black cloaks?

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Post by Rusty Brown in Cda » Sat May 12, 2018 7:24 am

CLUTCH
Like eggs in a nest. A "clutch" of eggs.

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Post by Holger Nielsen » Sat May 12, 2018 7:28 am

Nothing fancy is needed, "black cluster" would suffice.

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Post by John T » Sat May 12, 2018 8:01 am

The word you seek is a "Gathering".

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Post by Case » Sat May 12, 2018 8:39 am

As Mr Tyson often likes to point out, astronomers call it as they see em, unlike other sciences. No new words, or foreign words, just comparing the discovery to known properties by making a comparison. E.g.: very big reddish star: red giant; very small galaxy: dwarf galaxy; compact star predominantly made of neutrons: neutron star; spots on the Sun: sunspots; a rapid expansion of everything at the beginning of time: big bang. It could extend to a “group of a black holes”: e.g. black cluster. Or maybe when we learn more about the behavior (movement) of the group, we can compare it to animal behavior, and adopt that animal’s collective noun in a slightly more poetic nomenclature.

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Post by heehaw » Sat May 12, 2018 10:18 am

stef wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:49 am
Calcutta of black holes.
Brilliant!

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Post by timclair » Sat May 12, 2018 11:30 am

A sling of singularities.

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Post by Sa Ji Tario » Sat May 12, 2018 11:54 am

Just to name, I say "a cluster of pinot noir"

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Post by orin stepanek » Sat May 12, 2018 12:14 pm

(Plurality of singularities?) OK; nice pun! :D 8-) It is so; :lol2:
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Post by Sa Ji Tario » Sat May 12, 2018 12:18 pm

reading the article automatically came to my mind an experiment in physics class in high school that consisted of a long horizontal bar from where known distances were hung with a subtle thread some rings and one end was applied a circular motion, moments then the immediate neighbor began to turn in the opposite direction and then his immediate neighbor in the opposite direction so that he presented "by resonance" as the teacher said a series of dextro and levogiro inductions in alternating positions. (Firstly it occurred to me to ask and at the same time propose that the cause was the fine current of air generated in the movements produces an opposite movement in the next but the idea does not echo tube) .-
If that were the case, would not the induction to form these clusters be gravitational waves?

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Post by neufer » Sat May 12, 2018 12:50 pm

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Post by Guest » Sat May 12, 2018 12:56 pm

A collective noun for a group of black holes - Suckers

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Post by rdm2020 » Sat May 12, 2018 1:00 pm

A depression of black holes?

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Post by daviejones01 » Sat May 12, 2018 1:43 pm

A maw of black holes.

As in The Maw; a cluster of black holes near the planet Kessel in the Star Wars universe.

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Post by zmon21 » Sat May 12, 2018 1:54 pm

Where are the yellow circles?

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Post by Dawn » Sat May 12, 2018 1:57 pm

An inkling.

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Post by neufer » Sat May 12, 2018 1:58 pm

daviejones01 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 1:43 pm

A maw of black holes.

As in The Maw; a cluster of black holes near the planet Kessel in the Star Wars universe.
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Post by Chris Peterson » Sat May 12, 2018 2:03 pm

Based on the dynamics of a cluster of black holes, I'd go with murmuration.
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Post by tmbruner » Sat May 12, 2018 2:08 pm

I recommend box. A box of black holes.
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Post by Ghost_Meh » Sat May 12, 2018 2:24 pm

Sprinkling?