By L. Kaper, E.P.J. van den Heuvel, P.A. Woudt

The observational proof for the life of black holes has grown considerably over contemporary many years. Stellar-mass black holes are detected as X-ray resources in binary structures, whereas supermassive black holes, with lots greater than 1000000 occasions the mass of the solar, lurk within the nuclei of galaxies. those court cases offer an invaluable and updated evaluate of the observations of black holes in binaries, within the middle of the Milky approach, and within the nuclei of galaxies, provided through major specialist astronomers. precise cognizance is given to the formation (including the new proof from gamma-ray bursts), actual houses, and demographics of black holes.

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