Topic: Black Holes

Earth-Sized Telescope Just Took The First-Ever Photo Of A Black Hole: How It Will Test Theory Of Relativity

Astronomers have successfully peered inside a black hole to take an image of its event horizon. What does this new development from the Event Horizon Telescope means in testing Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity?

Space April 15, 2017

Event Horizon Telescope May Help Solve Black Hole Information Paradox

Einstein's theory of relativity predicts that all information that crosses the event horizon will be lost, but quantum mechanics states information can never be lost. How can the Event Horizon Telescope help solve the black hole information paradox?

Space April 8, 2017

Supermassive Black Holes Form Stars From Rapid Outflows Of Gases

A team of astronomers has discovered that supersized black holes do not only rip stars apart but also create them. The discovery could lead to better understanding how galaxies are formed.

Space March 29, 2017

Gravitational Wave Pushes Supermassive Black Hole Away From Center Of Host Galaxy

Kicking out a supermassive black hole away from the center of a home galaxy requires energy equivalent to 100 million supernovas simultaneously exploding. This is how a gravitational wave helped expel a black hole from its galactic home.

Space March 27, 2017

Stars Are Ripped Apart By Black Holes 100 Times More Often Than Previously Thought

Supermassive black holes rip stars apart 100 times more often than previously thought in a cosmic event known as Tidal Disruptive Events (TDEs). TDEs are useful to locate supermassive black holes that will aid in the study of their strong gravity.

Space February 28, 2017

Astronomers May Soon Capture First Actual Image Of A Black Hole

Using the Event Horizon Telescope, astronomers may soon capture an actual image of the Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. What does a black hole look like?

Space February 23, 2017

Black Hole Eating Star For A Decade; More Studies On Eddington Limit Urged

Astronomers have reported an unusual spectacle of a star being eaten by a black hole for more than a decade in defiance of the laws of physics. Their study has called for new research on the Eddington limit of black holes’ luminosity.

Space February 14, 2017

Elusive Middleweight Black Hole Found At Center Of Giant Star Cluster

Middleweight black holes are elusive but scientists reported finding evidence of one in a globular star cluster. What hinted the presence of the intermediate-mass black hole at the center of 47 Tucanae?

Space February 9, 2017

Black Hole Feeding Frenzy: Length Of Mealtime Breaks Records, Scientists Say

A massive black hole billions of light years away from Earth has gone on a feeding frenzy that has resulted in a record-breaking mealtime, a new study reveals. How could that have happened?

Space February 7, 2017

2 Supermassive Black Holes Found Hiding In Galaxies Near Our Solar System

Using X-ray observations of NuSTAR, Chandra and Suzaku, astronomers found two supermassive black holes hiding in our galaxy's cosmic neighborhood. What prevented scientists from finding these bodies earlier?

Space January 9, 2017

X-Ray Image Shows Largest Collection Of Supermassive Black Holes Up To Billions Of Times More Massive Than The Sun

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured an image of black holes. About 70 percent of the image is composed of supermassive black holes that are up to billions of times more massive than the sun.

Space January 6, 2017

NASA Probes Black Holes And Cosmic X-rays In New Mission

NASA has chosen the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission to launch a space telescope that will observe patterns in the X-ray radiation from black holes and neutron stars. The IXPE mission is one of three finalists in the space agency's Astrophysics Explorers Program.

Space January 5, 2017

Gravitational Wave Scientists Earn Top Science Magazine Award: What Made LIGO Discovery A Scientific Breakthrough?

The discovery of gravitational waves validated Einstein's 100-year old prediction, but what made the discovery so special Science magazine hailed it as the scientific breakthrough of the year?

Space December 25, 2016

New Detection Method To Double Number Of Known Black Holes Within Two Years

A new detection method that combines microlensing and radio wave interferometry may discover about 10 black holes per year. This could double the number of known black holes in just two years.

Space December 18, 2016

Galactic Encounter Results In 'Nearly Naked' Supermassive Black Hole

When galaxies collide, the larger one comes out on top. In the case of one galactic encounter, the smaller galaxy's supermassive black hole survived but was left nearly naked.

Space November 3, 2016

Physicists Demonstrate What Occurs When Black Holes Collide In Simple Equation

A supermassive black hole will have no trouble sucking in objects in space, including a much smaller black hole. Theoretical physicists have come up with a simpler equation to demonstrate the moment the two black holes’ event horizons meet.

Space September 27, 2016

Studies Uncover 'Echoes' Of Black Holes Eating Stars

When a black hole eats a star, a burst of energy is released, destroying nearby dust. Researchers finally know more about these flares, documenting their findings in two studies.

Space September 16, 2016

63 New Quasars From Early Universe May Shed Light On First 1 Billion Years After Big Bang

Astronomers identified 63 new quasars, the biggest number to be reported in one study. These cosmic lighthouses from the early universe may shed light on what happened during the first one billion years after the Big Bang.

Space September 13, 2016

Do Black Holes Have Back Doors?

Black holes are well-known objects in space but a lot remain to be discovered about them. Recently, researchers explored the relationship between wormholes and black holes, uncovering a theory that resolves several problems involved in interpreting black holes.

Space August 8, 2016

Here's What Happens When A Sleeping Black Hole Wakes Up To Devour A Star

About 90 percent of supermassive black holes in the known universe are dormant. What happens when a sleeping black hole awakens and devours a star?

Space June 24, 2016

Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Has LIGO Launched A New Science?

The LIGO observatory has recorded gravitational waves for the second time. Could this be the beginning of a new branch of science?

Space June 16, 2016

'Death Stranding' Image Could Hint At Plot Involving Black Holes

After zooming in on a promotional image of Hideo Kojima's new game 'Death Stranding,' fans noticed equations related to quantum physics on the main character's dog tags. The image possibly hints at the title's plot.

Video Games June 15, 2016

ALMA Shows Supermassive Black Holes Also Feed On Cold Gas

It was thought that black hole exclusively feed on hot ionized gas. It turns out black holes also feed on clouds of cold space gas, ALMA observations revealed.

Space June 9, 2016

New Computer Algorithm May Help Astronomers Capture First Black Hole Images

A telescope nearly the size of planet Earth is needed to capture the image of a black hole. How do the Event Horizon Telescope project and the new Chirp algorithm attempt to solve this problem?

Space June 7, 2016

Dark Matter May Be Composed Of Primordial Black Holes: NASA Scientist

A new study proposes that perhaps black holes are the dark matter scientists are long looking for. Find out the role of primordial black holes (PBHs) in this continuing mystery, which involves LIGO's first-ever detection of gravitational waves.

Space May 26, 2016

What Prevents Formation Of New Stars? Supermassive Black Holes In Red Geyser Galaxies Hold Answer

Why do some galaxies stop producing stars? A new study offers clues on how supermassive black holes at the center of Red Geyser galaxies could prevent formation of new stars.

Space May 26, 2016

Hubble Uncovers Secrets Of Black Hole Formation

Supermassive black holes form much faster than theories suggest they should. Now, astronomers using the world's most powerful space telescopes believe they know why.

Space May 25, 2016

NASA Super Pressure Balloon Begins Journey Around The Earth

The super pressure balloon of the U.S. space agency was launched on May 17 from New Zealand, fueling hopes that it will stay up there and travel around the globe for 100 days or more. Find out its mission involving the study of black holes and gamma rays.

Space May 20, 2016

Black Hole In Nearby Galaxy 660 Million Times More Massive Than The Sun

A supermassive black hole found in Galaxy NGC 1332 has a staggering mass of about 660 million times that of the sun and has a giant disc of cold gas circling it. What is the importance of exploring these black holes in the vast universe?

Space May 7, 2016

ALMA Measures Mass Of Black Hole With Unprecedented Precision

A supermassive black hole has been "weighed" by astronomers with an unprecedented level of precision. Why is this essential for understanding the basic nature of galaxies through the universe?

Space May 6, 2016

Software, Human Errors Doom Mission Of Japan's Most Powerful X-Ray Satellite

A combination of software and human errors is pinpointed for the demise of the Hitomi spacecraft, Japan's ultra high-tech X-ray satellite tasked to probe black holes. Learn how one mistake led to several unfortunate events for the space observatory.

Space April 30, 2016

Hitomi Spacecraft Meant To Hunt Black Holes Lost In Space JAXA Declares

The Hitomi spacecraft is officially lost in space, according to a new announcement from JAXA. What happened to the Japanese space observatory, meant to find black holes far from Earth?

Space April 29, 2016

Black Holes May Be Possible Portals To Another Universe: Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking has another theory about the most mysterious objects in the cosmos. He said that black holes may be possible portals to another universe.

Space April 25, 2016

Stephen Hawking Explains Black Holes: They Aren't As Black As You Think

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking discussed the nature of black holes and the concern about the information paradox to students and faculty members of Harvard University. He explained that black holes are not exactly the inescapable vacuums in space that they were first thought to be.

Space April 20, 2016

Group Of Supermassive Black Holes Are Mysteriously Aligned And Astronomers Are Asking Why

A mysterious alignment of black holes has been discovered by astronomers recently. The event is linked to 'primordial mass fluctuations' in the early universe, suggests their study.

Space April 13, 2016

New Formula Helps Predict When Neutron Star Collapses To A Black Hole

Scientists in Germany have developed a new method to predict when a neutron star makes its final transformation and collapses to a black hole. Their new formula is crucial to understanding neutron stars.

Space April 11, 2016

Galaxy NGC 1600 Hosts Gigantic Black Hole 17 Billion Times More Massive Than The Sun

Astronomers were surprised to detect a supermassive black hole 17 billion times the mass of the sun in an average-sized galaxy group called Galaxy NGC 1600. The discovery has prompted scientists to rethink existing models.

Space April 7, 2016

Japan's X-Ray Satellite ASTRO-H Loses Contact With Earth

Just over a month after its launch, Japan's Hitomi or ASTRO-H lost contact with space agency JAXA. What happened to the X-ray astronomical satellite?

Space March 28, 2016

Super-Massive Black Hole At The Heart Of Milky Way Shotguns Powerful Cosmic Rays At Earth

For the first time ever, scientists at the H.E.S.S. observatory have identified the source of the high-energy cosmic rays that constantly bombard our planet. The source is actually a super-massive black hole at the center of Milky Way.

Space March 18, 2016

Black Hole Emits Bright Red Flashes With Power Of 1000 Suns

Astronomers previously found a black hole that emitted bright red flashes with the power of 1,000 suns. Now, a new study was able to discover where those red lights may have come from.

Space March 16, 2016

Here's How Gravitational Waves Discovery Can Help Science And Humanity

About a century after Albert Einstein proposed the presence of gravitational waves, LIGO scientists detected a ripple in the fabric of space-time, sending shockwaves all over the world. But how can this discovery help science and humanity?

Space March 2, 2016

Scientists Use Pulsars To Find Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

Scientists are developing a technology that can help detect low-frequency gravitational waves using pulsars. If successful, scientists will be able to detect black holes that are about to merge with each other.

Space February 26, 2016

Gravitational Wave Twin Black Holes May Have Been Born From One Star

Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believe that the two black holes that were detected by LIGO during the gravitational wave event last year originated from a single massive star. Just before it reached the end of its life, it also released the burst of gamma rays that the Fermi Space Telescope detected.

Space February 24, 2016

A Black Hole In 5D Would Break The Laws Of Physics: Scientists

Black holes in a five-dimensional world could disprove Einstein’s general theory of relativity, according to researchers from the UK. What aspect of these black holes could disprove this foundational law of physics?

Space February 20, 2016

This Is What Happens If Earth Falls Into A Black Hole

A black hole is a particular area in space where the gravity is so strong, it collapses on itself. If ever Earth fell into a black hole, three events are speculated to take place - all of which aren't good news.

Space February 17, 2016

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