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First detected black hole is more massive than we thought

Cygnus X-1, a binary star system first discovered in 1964, comprises one of the closest black holes to Earth. New observations of this black hole,...

Scientists find new way to harness energy from black holes

Physicists have found a new way to extract energy from black holes by breaking and rejoining magnetic field lines near the event horizon. A remarkable...

Where did this galaxy’s supermassive black hole go

The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of a supermassive black hole has deepened, researchers say. Despite searching with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope,...

Scientists find where giant jets from black holes discharge their energy

The supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies are the most massive objects in the universe. They range from about 1 million to upwards...

Earth is faster, closer to supermassive black hole in new map of galaxy

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. But...

This is the most detailed family portrait for black holes to date

Astronomers have produced the most detailed family portrait of black holes to date, offering new clues as to how black holes form. Intense analysis of...

Supermassive black holes need the right ingredients to fire stuff into space

Researchers may have figured out why some supermassive black holes launch powerful beams of material, or jets, away from them, while others don’t. Scientists have...

Scientists detect a star being ripped apart by supermassive black hole

Astronomers have spotted a rare phenomenon - a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole in a process called "spaghettification". The event, known...

Scientists record last moments of a star devoured by supermassive 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...

Einstein’s theory of relativity just got 500x harder to beat

Einstein’s general theory of relativity—the idea that gravity is matter warping spacetime—has withstood over 100 years of scrutiny and testing, including the newest test...