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The Cosmic Mystery Tour$
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Nicholas Mee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198831860

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198831860.001.0001

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Doctor Atomic and the Black Hole

Doctor Atomic and the Black Hole

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(p.146) Doctor Atomic and the Black Hole
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The Cosmic Mystery Tour
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Nicholas Mee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0019

The existence of black holes was proposed by Oppenheimer and Snyder in 1939. Three years later Oppenheimer was appointed head of Los Alamos, the secret weapons laboratory of the Manhattan Project. Cygnus X-1 was the first black hole candidate to be studied. We now know it is a black hole with almost 15 times the mass of the Sun. Quasars are now thought to be generated by material falling into supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.

Keywords:   black hole, Cygnus X-1, quasar, supermassive black hole, Oppenheimer, Snyder, Manhattan Project

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