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The Star Splitter: Microlensing Technique Pioneered By NSF Researchers Finds Lone Black Holes Adrift In The Galaxy

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January 17, 2000
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In a Robert Frost poem, a farmer relies on a telescope called the "Star Splitter" to satisfy his curiosity about our place in the universe. Two international teams of astronomers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently used another “star splitter,” the technique of gravitational lensing, to examine another curiosity -- isolated black holes drifting among the stars in our galaxy.

In a Robert Frost poem, a farmer relies on a telescope called the "Star Splitter" to satisfy his curiosity about our place in the universe.* Two international teams of astronomers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently used another “star splitter,” the technique of gravitational lensing, to examine another curiosity -- isolated black holes drifting among the stars in our galaxy.


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National Science Foundation. "The Star Splitter: Microlensing Technique Pioneered By NSF Researchers Finds Lone Black Holes Adrift In The Galaxy." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 January 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000117072611.htm>.
National Science Foundation. (2000, January 17). The Star Splitter: Microlensing Technique Pioneered By NSF Researchers Finds Lone Black Holes Adrift In The Galaxy. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000117072611.htm
National Science Foundation. "The Star Splitter: Microlensing Technique Pioneered By NSF Researchers Finds Lone Black Holes Adrift In The Galaxy." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000117072611.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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