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2020 Nobel Prize in Physics


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Text, News from the Universe. October 21, 2020. The Earth spins.
Text, 2020 Nobel Prizes in Physics. October 21, 2020. iualzation, Credit NAA slash GSFC, J Scnittman.
Animation of the gravitational outlines of a black hole.
Text, The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three astrophysicists for their groundbreaking work on black holes.
Black holes' infinite density results in a breakdown of the known laws of nature, challenging scientists to make new theories and discoveries.
American astrophysicist Andrea Ghez shares the Nobel for her work leading research on the core of our Milky Way galaxy.

Ghez led her team in innovative work to accumulate nearly 30 years of evidence indicating that there is a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.
Image, deep field scan of the Galactic Center Group.
Text, By precisely tracking the orbits of stars, Ghez and fellow 2020 Nobel laureate Reinhard Genzel demonstrated that the stars were orbiting a huge, unseen mass in a relatively small space - a black hole.
Astrophysicists Ghez and Genzel share the Nobel Prize with theoretical physicist Roger Penrose.
Penrose's innovative math proved that black holes could exist in reality and he detailed their features, expanding on Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
These scientists have revealed great mysteries of the universe and the need for further development of the most sophisticated theories, charting a path for the scientific future.
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