Researchers questioned a long-standing belief that the first supermassive black holes were formed due to powerful ultraviolet radiation. Through computer simulations, dark matter halos were a major factor in the creation of supermassive black holes during the early universe
Space January 24, 2019
A team of scientists observed a new way of feeding that might explain how supermassive black holes grow to become so big. In a new paper, they revealed that black holes feed on large amounts of gas around them.
Space January 15, 2019
Researchers used an X-ray signal from a star being ripped apart to study a supermassive black hole. Researchers claim that this is the first time that tidal disruption flare to estimate the speed in which a black hole spins.
Space January 10, 2019
Scientists from Japan used data from the ALMA radio observatory in Chile to probe the environment surrounding two supermassive black holes, particularly their coronae. They measured the magnetic fields to confirm if, like the Sun, they power the coronae.
Space December 20, 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
Scientists have presented evidence that the biggest supermassive black holes across the universe were formed by galaxy collision. A team of astronomers captured nuclei of major galaxies that were only 3,000 light years apart.
Space November 12, 2018
Astronomers found a significant number of supermassive binary black holes which are the precursors of their merging. A new study followed the direction in which the powerful jets flow to demonstrate the presence of supermassive black holes.
Space October 25, 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
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
The butterfly-shaped galaxy NGC 6240 sees intense star formation with the merging of the two supermassive black holes at its center. Researchers found what powers down its ability to form new stars.
Space April 19, 2018
There is already a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Now scientists have found many smaller ones. Scientists found thousands of smaller black holes surrounding it.
Space April 6, 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
Astronomers caught a supermassive black hole burping twice after munching on gas. Such an act was caught for the very first time using data from a number of telescopes and observatories.
Space January 16, 2018
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