Black Hole

The next big discovery in astronomy

The next big discovery in astronomy?

Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet Earlier this year, astronomers stumbled upon a fascinating finding: Thousands of black...
Astronomers find fastest-growing black hole known in space

Astronomers find fastest-growing black hole known in space

Astronomers at ANU have found the fastest-growing black hole known in the Universe, describing it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to...
Supermassive black holes cause galactic warming

Supermassive black holes cause galactic warming

For most of their lives, galaxies are lush environments for turning gas into stars. Until they aren’t. Over the last few billion years, a mysterious...
Do Stars Fall into Black Holes, or Crash

Do stars fall into black holes, or crash?

Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that...
Black holes aren’t as strong as we thought

Black holes aren’t as strong as we thought

Scientists have discovered that black holes have significantly weaker magnetic fields than previously thought. A 40-mile-wide black hole 8,000 light years from Earth named V404...
Black holes kill more stars than astronomers expected

Black holes kill more stars than astronomers expected

Supermassive black holes rip apart stars 100 times more often than previously thought, report researchers. Until now, such stellar cannibalism—known as Tidal Distruption Events, or...
How black holes feed on star stuff (and spit some out)

How black holes feed on star stuff (and spit some out)

Scientists have discovered how black holes not only consume stars, but how these gravitational powerhouses discard part of what they take in. The findings offer new...
Newborns or survivors The unexpected matter found in hostile black hole winds

Newborns or survivors? The unexpected matter found in hostile black hole winds

New theory predicts origins of molecules in destructive cosmic outflows The existence of large numbers of molecules in winds powered by supermassive black holes at...
Gravitational Waves from Merging Supermassive Black Holes Will Be Spotted within 10 Years

Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years

Astronomers won’t have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest types of unions in the cosmos. New research published...
How Supermassive Black Holes Can Form Without Collapsing Stars

How supermassive black holes can form without collapsing stars

Black holes weighing 1 billion suns dot the very early universe. How they grew to be so big less than a billion years after the...