One of the crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this night view of storm clouds over Southern California. Early morning lightning can be seen as a white blotch just to the right of center. The yellow colored area, beneath the grey clouds, which almost shines because of night lights, is part of the highly populated area of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Image Credit: NASA
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The spin rate of a supermassive black hole has been measured for the first time, and wow, is it fast. X-ray observations of RX J1131-1231 (RX J1131 for short) show it is whizzing around at almost half the speed of light. Through X-rays, the astronomers were able to peer at the rate of debris fall into the singularity, yielding the speed measurement.
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/110031/supermassive-black-holes-dizzying-spin-is-half-the-speed-of-light/#ixzz2v79ysRmY
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