The Spektr-RG observatory launched from Kazakhstan aboard a Proton-M rocket on Saturday. The X-ray telescope could shed light on the formation of black holes, evolution of the universe, and the nature of dark energy.
Stephen Hawking says black holes aren't entirely black — and he's probably right, again. With a lab-grown sonic black hole, researchers find evidence of one of the physicist's most famous theory in the laboratory: Hawking radiation.
Space May 30, 2019
Most of the gold in the universe, as well as other heavy metals, are generated from collapsing stars. A new study takes a peek at the process.
Space May 10, 2019
Gravitational wave detectors on Earth were able to pick up something big that happened in space — an unusual smash-up between a black hole and a neutron star. This discovery will help the scientific community understand the invisible universe.
Space May 6, 2019
Scientists were able to observe a black hole that fires rapid jets of plasma clouds in different directions. The extraordinary event made the peculiar black hole looked like a spinning top as it warps space nearby.
Space April 30, 2019
The brilliant Stephen Hawking theorized that dark matter may be made up of ultra-tiny black holes created soon after the Big Bang. New research gives this theory a huge blow.
Space April 26, 2019
There's a perfectly good black hole in the center of the Milky Way: Sagittarius A*. So why take a photo of an object 54 million light-years away?
Space April 13, 2019
Scientists have captured the first ever image of a black hole, and many find that it resembles the Eye of Sauron from The Lord of The Rings. What else are people comparing the black hole to?
Feature | Science April 12, 2019
Check out the first photo of a black hole in history. It is a feat that opens up new doors to the study of astronomy so that humanity can look farther and see more precisely into the cosmos.
Space April 11, 2019
Scientists around the world are gearing up for an important announcement from the European Southern Observatory. The international space agency may have finally captured a photo of a black hole's event horizon.
Space April 2, 2019
To mark the first anniversary of Stephen Hawking’s death, the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom has issued a fancy new coin to honor the late physicist. The special coins are all sold out.
Space March 16, 2019
Astronomers noticed the gas cloud HCN-0.009-0.044 swirling around an invisible massive object 30,000 times the mass of the sun. This led to the discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole at the center of our galaxy.
March 2, 2019
Zwicky Transient Facility astronomical survey camera found an unusual asteroid looping constantly on Venus’ orbit. Asteroid 2019 AQ3 only has 165 days of revolution around the sun compared to Venus’ 225 days.
Space February 11, 2019
Scientists detected four black holes collision by re-analyzing data from the first two observing runs of Advanced LIGO. One of these mergers was so powerful it produced gravitational waves and resulted in the birth of a massive black hole.
Space December 5, 2018
Computer simulations and observations using the ALMA observatory challenge the idea that matter that builds up around black holes forms a donut-like structure. The presumed donut shape of black holes actually resembles water fountain in a city park.
Space December 2, 2018
Researchers found that light does not bend that much around the strong gravitational field of a black hole. The new study was done using a new technology called X-ray polarimetry.
Space July 30, 2018
Physicists proposed that black holes are actually giant balls of fuzzy energy, not the bringers of doom they are believed to be. The idea is based on string theory, which suggests that the universe is made of subatomic strings of energy.
Space July 27, 2018
Einstein’s theory of general relativity holds true even in the extreme gravitational force coming from a supermassive black hole, researchers found. This is the latest in a string of rigorous tests the 103-year-old theory has passed.
Space July 27, 2018
How fast is the universe expanding? Scientists proposed that the answer to this question could be found in gravitational waves rippling through space-time from a rare astronomical collision.
Space July 12, 2018
Researchers discovered an extremely bright quasar dating back to 800 million years after the Big Bang. They said this is the brightest object yet discovered from the first billion years of the universe.
Space July 10, 2018
The first confirmed neutron star merger produced a jet of stellar material that researchers on Earth can see with visible light. This contradicts earlier predictions that the merger would create a wide-angle flow of light instead.
Space July 3, 2018
A massive galaxy cluster was found camouflaged as a quasar just 2.4 billion light-years away. Scientists think there are more of these galaxy clusters hiding in plain sight close to the Milky Way.
Space June 29, 2018
Supermassive black holes could possibly eat up the interstellar gas at the center of galaxies, killing off new stars before they are born and growing to their enormous size. The theory was proposed by astronomers working at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Space June 22, 2018
Astronomers detected a flare of radiation in a distant galaxy that was emitted as a star is being devoured by a black hole. The intermediate-mass black hole candidate has a mass about 50,000 times that of the sun.
Space June 19, 2018
For the first time ever, astronomers witnessed a black hole devouring a star. They used the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to track this tidal disruption event (TDE).
Space June 14, 2018
Celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking’s ashes will be interred at Westminster Abbey at a Service of Thanksgiving that commemorates his life. One part of the ceremony will include broadcasting a message from Hawking into outer space.
Space June 14, 2018
Do black holes really exist? Physicists presented a new model that could explain how rotating wormholes, not black holes, collide to create gravitational waves through space-time.
Space June 13, 2018
Scientists found three strange objects circling dangerously close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. The mysterious objects look like clouds but behave mysteriously like massive stars
Space June 8, 2018
Researchers invented a new model that helps them understand how a black hole devours a star. The framework can provide new insight into black holes and their mysterious lives.
Space June 2, 2018
The merger of two neutron stars that generated gravitational waves and was observed by LIGO and Virgo in 2017 is 2.7 times more massive than the sun. Here’s why researchers think this remnant is a black hole.
Space May 31, 2018
Astronomers found the fastest growing black hole outside the Milky Way. They reported that the size of the supermassive black hole is comparable to 20 billion stars combined with a growth rate of 1 percent per 1 million years.
Space May 15, 2018
Is dark matter composed of ancient black holes nearly as old as the universe? Researchers ran computer simulations in the hope of finding evidence of primordial black holes in dwarf galaxies halos, where much of dark matter is located
Space April 21, 2018
Astronomers using the MASTER Global Robotic Net telescopes have detected a gamma-ray burst indicating the formation a new black hole. They dedicated the report of their discovery to the Lord of Black Holes, Stephen Hawking.
Space March 23, 2018
A mathematician said that a particular type of non-rotating black hole with an electrical charge and a cauchy horizon within the event horizon has a reset button. It can reset the past and complicate the future.
Space March 4, 2018
A team of scientists discovered ultramassive black holes located billions of years away from the Milky Way galaxy. The celestial objects are said to be growing faster than the stars in their galaxies.
Space February 22, 2018
A new study has shown that the supermassive black holes present in massive galaxies are growing faster than their host. Earlier, researchers believed that the growth rate of black holes and their host galaxies were in tandem with each other.
Space February 18, 2018
Astronomers in Chile spotted a star that was behaving unusually. It seemed like it was orbiting an invisible object with a mass more massive than the Earth’s Sun.
Space January 18, 2018
Astronomers might have found the origin of one of the most mysterious phenomena in the cosmos: fast radio bursts. The team said the bursts could be produced by a neutron star near a black hole or in a nebula.
Space January 12, 2018
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory wants to study supernova with the help of a new observatory in India. It is expected to be set up by 2025.
Space January 8, 2018
Scientists discovered that the magnetic fields of black holes are weaker than previously believed. The study was based on observable data gathered from the black V404 Cygni.
Space December 9, 2017
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
Scientists have detected, for the first time, gravitational waves from colliding binary neutron stars. The detection could open a new chapter in the area of space exploration.
Space October 18, 2017
The detection of gravitational waves is perhaps this decade’s single most astonishing progress in the field of astronomy. The three key scientists behind it have received the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics.
Space October 4, 2017
LIGO and Virgo were able to detect gravitational waves from two black holes colliding in space, the first-ever joint-detection by the two observatories. The next observation run is planned for 2018.
Space September 28, 2017