Items tagged with Black Hole

Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have detected an extremely bright quasar that is being powered by a supermassive black hole with an insatiable appetite for destruction. The supermassive black is believed to be growing in mass every day by devouring the equivalent of one Sun every 24 hours, making it... Read more...
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration released new images of M87* using data from observations in 2018 that seem to further prove Einstein’s theory of relativity. The first images shared of the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87 were originally from observations made in 2017. The... Read more...
According to a new study, astronomers were stunned to find a star that originated outside of the galaxy sitting near the supermassive black hole that sits at the center of the Milky Way. The find marks the first time a star of extragalactic origin has been identified so close to the supermassive black hole. While... Read more...
A team of researchers detected the most distant black hole yet seen utilizing two of NASA's telescopes. The telltale signature, an X-ray emission, of a growing black hole that researchers found is said to be just 470 million years after the Big Bang. That's still an infant, in cosmic terms. The team of researchers... Read more...
An international team of researchers has published a new paper confirming a supermassive black hole 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun indeed spins. The study, led by Chinese researcher Dr. CUI Yuzhu, was conducted using a global network of radio telescopes. Supermassive black holes at the center of active... Read more...
A new study using 3D simulations suggests supermassive black holes may eat faster than previously thought, with some feasts only taking mere months to consume. The older conventional theory says supermassive black holes eat over time at scales ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of years. Hollywood may... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been sending back some of the most prolific and awe-inspiring images of the universe ever. Some of its latest photographs of deep space include the supermassive black hole CEERS 1019. The black hole is not only the most distant on record, but is also less massive than any... Read more...
A team of astronomers found a startling surprise while searching for the electromagnetic light from a gravitational wave event. Instead, the team found one of the most breathtaking 'switches on' of a black hole ever detected. The phenomenal event was first detected by Dr. Samantha Oates, an astronomer at the... Read more...
Scientists have used exotic stars to hear the universe's gravitational waves in what they call a "cosmic symphony". The team was made up of more than 190 scientists from the US and Canada using pulsars to search for gravitational waves over a period of 15 years. The large group of astrophysicists employed large... Read more...
NASA used images and data from its Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) and the Chandra X-ray Observatory to produce a symphonic sonification of the supermassive black hole located at the center of the Milky Way. New evidence provided by IXPE suggests Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) awakened from its slumber around 200... Read more...
A pair of supermassive black holes, known as a binary black hole system, emitted a flare that is brighter than a trillion stars. The duo is located in galaxy OJ287 and are so close together they appear as one dot in the night sky. Galaxy OJ287 lies in the direction of the constellation Cancer at approximately 5... Read more...
Recent discoveries of previously unexplained structures in the center of the Milky Way have stunned astrophysicists. New radio telescope images revealed hundreds of filaments along the galactic plane, believed to have originated only a few million years ago, as a result a an outflow from Sagittarius A*, the... Read more...
Astronomers believe they have detected some of the best evidence yet of a rare intermediate-sized black hole lurking at the heart of a globular star cluster. The discovery of the mid-sized black hole located 6,000 light-years from Earth was made using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Typically, black holes come in... Read more...
Astronomers spotted an intergalactic explosion 10 times brighter than any recorded supernova (exploding star). The event, called AT2021lwx, was first detected in 2020 and is believed to be the largest explosion ever recorded. The event was at first thought to be unremarkable, due to the fact there was no indication... Read more...
NASA has shared an animation that attempts to put the colossal size of supermassive black holes into perspective. There are more than 100 of these mammoth black holes, such as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) at the center of our very own Milky Way, confirmed by direct measurements. While there are smaller black holes that... Read more...
A team of researchers has shown off a new machine-learning technique by enhancing the Event Horizon Telescope's images of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy 55 million light-years from Earth. The technique, called PRIMO, enhances the fidelity and sharpness of radio interferometry images. The Event... Read more...
A Yale astronomer spotted a 200,000-light-year-long bridge connecting a runaway black hole to the galaxy it is attempting to escape from. The supermassive black hole, weighing more than 20 million Suns, is traveling so fast that it could travel from Earth to the Moon in 14 minutes. The bridge first appeared to be a... Read more...
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission has helped to unveil a new family of black holes, and its newest members are closer to Earth than any other known black hole. Gaia BH1 and Gaia BH2 are respectively located approximately 1560 light-years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus and... Read more...
The European Space Agency (ESA) shared an image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that has NASA and others stumped on how to give it one tidy label. It seems the luminous object located about 390 million light years from Earth is a bit too complex to be placed in a single box. Scientists like to be able to... Read more...
Following two decades of monitoring a dusty gas filament (known as X7) from W. M. Keck Observatory, astronomers believe the cloud will eventually get pulled toward Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) and later "cause some fireworks" as it gets consumed by the supermassive black hole. Astronomers project that Sgr A* will... Read more...
A global team of scientists using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has gotten a glimpse into the heart of a distant quasar. Quasars are extremely luminous cosmic monsters located at the center of distant galaxies, powered by supermassive black holes. The light captured in these images is said to have traveled toward... Read more...
A group of scientists have proposed evidence that black holes are what produce dark energy. The new work potentially means nothing needs to be added to what we already know about the Universe to account for dark energy, in that black holes along with Einstein's gravity are the source. The team of 17 researchers... Read more...
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