Astronomers have discovered the oldest and farthest supermassive black hole known to science. The black hole, which is 800 million times the size of the sun, formed just 690 million years following the Big Bang.
Space December 7, 2017
Two supermassive black holes just photobombed a picture of the Andromeda galaxy. Scientists have known about the object for a long time but were not able to properly classify it until now.
Space December 2, 2017
Using radio telescopes, scientists have seen what appeared to be one of two supermassive black holes orbiting around the other in radio galaxy 0402+379. Read more about this fascinating discovery in the exploration of the universe.
Space June 28, 2017
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
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
Fermi's Large Area Telescope has recently detected enormous black holes shooting jets of potent gamma rays. The five distant objects known as blazars surround the mystery of how black holes formed in such a young universe.
Space January 31, 2017
According to a team of scientists, the Milky Way could collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in the next four billion years. Does a supermassive black hole have anything to do with the possible merger?
Space January 25, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If supermassive black holes can be found in sparsely populated regions of the universe like Galaxy NGC 1600 and not just in dense ones like the Coma cluster, then they have a much bigger population out there than previously thought, according to scientists.
Space April 8, 2016
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
Astronomers found that the brightest galaxy in the universe may be on the verge of tearing apart. The reason for the possible demise of galaxy W2246-0526 is extreme turbulence.
Space January 17, 2016
A team of scientists in Japan may have detected the second most massive black hole within the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery may help scientists unravel the mystery behind the evolution of black holes.
Space January 17, 2016
A study sets the upper limit to the size of massive black holes in the center of galaxies. The limit is reached when the disk of gas around the black hole runs out of food.
Space December 22, 2015
An international team of researchers witnessed the destruction of an entire star after it was sucked into a supermassive black hole. The celestial event occurred at a galaxy located around 300 million light-years away from the Solar System.
Space November 30, 2015
Astronomers were able to observe how a star as huge as the Sun was swallowed by a supermassive black hole. The engulfed star was ripped apart and produced plasma jets that were later sent to the depths of space.
Space November 27, 2015
A team of scientists have discovered the smallest supermassive black in the center of a galaxy, which could lead to a better general understanding of all supermassive black holes.
Space August 14, 2015
The smallest supermassive black hole ever discovered could be a big boon to astronomers. Here's why the smallest known member of this class of objects could make a big difference to science.
Space August 13, 2015
Astronomers from different academic institutions have discovered a supermassive black hole that developed at a much faster rate than its host galaxy.
Space July 11, 2015
Researchers at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array observatory have captured a highly detailed image of a star formation located in a remote area of the universe.
Space June 9, 2015
Data from NASA’s WISE spacecraft has revealed the most luminous galaxy in the known universe. The discovery could help scientists better understand how black holes grow.
Space May 22, 2015
A precipitation or "rain" of cool gas helps galaxies form new stars, astronomers say. However, a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy cluster can sometimes shut off that rain, leaving feeble, barren galaxies, they find.
Space March 5, 2015
The supermassive black hole in the Teacup galaxy is transforming the galaxy from an active, star-forming one into a galaxy devoid of gas which is no longer able to create stars.
Space February 14, 2015
Elliptical galaxies rarely produce new stars, and now a group of astronomers may have uncovered the reason using a tested technique in a novel way.
Space October 23, 2014
Tiny galaxy has a black whole at its center that's much larger than what it ought to be, astronomers say. Dwarf galaxy may be a "stripped" remnant of a much larger one, they say.
Space September 17, 2014
Seyfert galaxy IC 5063 has a giant black hole, spewing gas at over 625,000 miles per hour. For the first time, astronomers know what is driving this massive acceleration.
Space July 10, 2014
Researchers found that supermassive black holes emit large amounts of hydrogen gas at incredibly fast rates due to jets of high energy electrons, and probably leech galaxies of cold gases. The phenomenon will likely prohibit galaxies from forming new stars, as it will do to the Milky Way in 5 billion years.
Space July 8, 2014
Black holes, with masses of millions of suns, sit at the centers of galaxies, spewing out jets of gas. Now, astronomers have found one family of stars that has a trio of the bodies at their core.
Space June 26, 2014
Gas streaming from a supermassive black hole in NGC 5548 could explain its brilliant core and help shape the galaxy.
Space June 22, 2014
Black hole at the center of a distant galaxy displays 'unusual' behavior of gas escaping its pull, researchers say. Findings yield clues to black hole formation and growth, they say.
Space June 20, 2014
Scientists from Europe have discovered two supermassive black holes orbiting around each other. This is the first time that astronomers have found a pair of supermassive black holes co-existing in an ordinary galaxy.
Space April 24, 2014