Black Hole

Scientists observe supermassive black hole in infant universe

Scientists observe supermassive black hole in infant universe

A team of astronomers, including two from MIT, has detected the most distant supermassive black hole ever observed. The black hole sits in the center...
How strong are black holes really

How strong are black holes really?

UF scientists discover black holes' magnetism surprisingly wimpy Black holes are famous for their muscle: an intense gravitational pull known to gobble up entire stars...
Supermassive black hole is ahead of its time

Supermassive black hole is ahead of its time

The discovery of an extremely distant supermassive black hole, with a mass some 800 million times that of our Sun is causing astronomers to...
The most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed

The most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed

A team of astronomers led by Carnegie’s Eduardo Bañados used Carnegie’s Magellan telescopes to discover the most-distant supermassive black hole ever observed. It resides in...
Why don’t we see midsized black holes in the Universe

Why don’t we see midsized black holes in the Universe?

So dense that their gravitational pull folds space around them and any object crossing their “event horizon” is swallowed up forever, black holes even...
Gravitational waves could shed light on the origin of black holes

Gravitational waves could shed light on the origin of black holes

A new study published in Physical Review Letters outlines how scientists could use gravitational wave experiments to test the existence of primordial black holes, gravity...
ALMA discovers infant stars surprisingly near galaxy's supermassive black hole

ALMA discovers infant stars surprisingly near galaxy’s supermassive black hole

At the center of our galaxy, in the immediate vicinity of its supermassive black hole, is a region wracked by powerful tidal forces and...
Star wanders too close to a black hole

Star wanders too close to a black hole

Some 290 million years ago, a star much like the sun wandered too close to the central black hole of its galaxy. Intense tides tore...
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...
Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Collapsing star gives birth to a black hole

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope...