Huge Rings Around a Black Hole

A spectacular set of rings around a black hole has been captured using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. The X-ray images of the giant rings have…

Telescopes Unite in Unprecedented Observations of Famous Black Hole

“We knew that the first direct image of a black hole would be groundbreaking,” said Kazuhiro Hada of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, a co-author of a new study…

Peering into a Galaxy’s Dusty Core to Study an Active Supermassive Black Hole

What, precisely, is happening at its core to cause all this activity? Upcoming observations led by Nora Lützgendorf and Macarena García Marín of the European Space Agency using NASA’s James…

On the Hunt for a Missing Giant Black Hole

Despite searching with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have no evidence that a distant black hole estimated to weigh between 3 billion and 100 billion times…

Death by spaghettification: Scientists record last moments of star devoured by black hole

A rare blast of light, emitted by a star as it is sucked in by a supermassive black hole, has been spotted by scientists using telescopes from around the world.

Black holes? They are like a hologram

According to new research, black holes could be like a hologram, where all the information is amassed in a two-dimensional surface able to reproduce a three-dimensional image Scuola Internazionale Superiore…

Very Large Telescope sees star dance around supermassive black hole, proves Einstein right

From phys.org by ESO Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of…

Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

From NASA March 31, 2020 Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as “intermediate-mass,” which betrayed…

Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away

From NASA Dec. 31, 2019 Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away A galaxy about 23 million light years away is the site of impressive, ongoing fireworks. Rather than…

Black Hole Nurtures Baby Stars a Million Light-Years Away

From NASA Nov. 29, 2019 Black Hole Nurtures Baby Stars a Million Light-Years Away Back to Gallery Black holes are famous for ripping objects apart, including stars. But now, astronomers…

Finding Intermediate-Sized Black Holes

From NASA In our vast universe, the heaviest black holes grew from seeds. Nourished by the gas and dust they consume, or by merging with other dense objects, these seeds…

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes in the early universe

Subaru Telescope spots 13-billion-year-old quasars powered by black holes Princeton University Astronomers from Japan, Taiwan and Princeton University have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes in the distant…

One more thing to worry about

While we are all recovering from the news of the terrible fate that awaits us as outlined recently in Bali, astronomers have, for the first time, witnessed a super-massive black hole…