Black Holes

Discover's Science Images Of The Year 2019

The first-ever image of a black hole, face-to-face with an ancient ancestor and more.
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Dark Matter Could Be A Source Of Gamma Rays Coming From The Center Of The Milky Way

There’s a lot of mysterious goings-on at the center of the Milky Way. The supermassive black hole that resides there is chief among them. But there’s another intriguing puzzle there: an unexpected spherical region of intense gamma ray...
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'monster Black Hole' Discovery Found To Be Incorrect — But That's How Science Progresses

Apparently, that "monster black hole" that researchers found isn't so monstrous after all.
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Tour 10 Of The Closest Black Holes To Earth

Black holes should be common in our Milky Way galaxy, but their dark nature means only dozens have been discovered to date. Here are a few nearby black holes astronomers know a little about.
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Tour 10 Of The Closest Black Holes To Earth

Black holes should be common in our Milky Way galaxy, but their dark nature means only dozens have been discovered to date. Here are a few nearby black holes astronomers know a little about.
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Supermassive Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy May Have A Friend

Do supermassive black holes have friends? The nature of galaxy formation suggests that the answer is yes, and in fact, pairs of supermassive black holes should be common in the universe. I am an astrophysicist and am interested in a wide range of...
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New Technology Improves Gravitational Wave Detectors By Cutting Quantum Noise

Physicists have successfully developed a new instrument that significantly reduces quantum-level noise that has thus far limited experiments' ability to spot gravitational waves. Collisions between massive black holes and stars are thought to...
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Best Of Last Year: The Top Phys.org Articles Of 2019

It was a great year for research of all kinds as a team of astronomers from around the globe delivered the first photo of a black hole. Over several days in April 2017, eight radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, Spain, Mexico, Chile, and the South...
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You Cannae Break The Laws Of Physics, Cap'n... Boffins Call Bs On 'impossible' Black Hole, Fear...

We guess you could call this a.... mass debate An impossibly massive black hole that defied conventional theories has been called into question after multiple researchers suggested the data used to estimate the object’s mass may have been wrong.…
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How Did Supermassive Black Holes Grow So Fast?

by Jonathan O’Callaghan Black holes in the early universe pose a bit of a problem. Based on observations from telescopes on Earth and in space, we know that some black holes grew to be a billion times the mass of the sun just one billion years...
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The Most Awe-inspiring Scientific Discoveries Of The Decade Include The 'god Particle,' The First...

Astronomers, anthropologists, geologists, and many other scientists have made mind-boggling breakthroughs in the last 10 years. Some highlights include work that produced the first image of a black hole, traced what happened to the Neanderthals, and...
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Nasa Spots Strange Galaxy With Missing Link Black Hole

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory recently shared an image of a peculiar galaxy with an intriguing black hole. According to scientists, the galaxy’s black hole might be the missing link that could shed light on the formation of its supermassive...
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There’s A New Record For The Most Massive Black Hole Ever Seen: 40 Billion Solar Masses

Astronomers have spotted a 40 billion solar mass black hole in the Abell 85 cluster of galaxies. They found the behemoth using spectral observations with the Very Large Telescope (VLT.) There are only a few direct mass measurements for black holes,...
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Why Astrophysicists Think There's A Black Hole In Our Solar System

In 2016, astrophysicists Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown noticed unusual gravitational activity in the outer solar system. They speculated this activity was from a ninth planet situated in the Kuiper belt. But in late 2019, astrophysicists James...
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An Experiment That Solved A 100-year-old Mystery Posed By Einstein Just Got Up To 50% More Powerful...

Large collisions in space, like those between black holes or neutron stars, create ripples in spacetime called gravitational waves that were first predicted by Albert Einstein. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory...
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Astronomers Just Spotted A Black Hole More Massive Than Any In Our Cosmic Neighborhood

Of all the objects astronomers have observed in space over centuries of scientific investigation, black holes are one of the most bizarre and mysterious. Objects so dense that not even light can escape their pull are hard for us to wrap our heads...
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Record-breaking Black Hole Weighs 40 Billion Times More Than The Sun

A black hole that was spotted in another galaxy broke a record as the heaviest known black hole to ever be measured. The black hole weighs a record-breaking 40 billion times the mass of our sun.
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Black Hole Factories May Hide At Cores Of Giant Galaxies

Gravitational-wave astronomers are probing the origins of abnormally massive black holes—and with them, the inner workings of their colossal galactic homes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Astronomers Discover The Heaviest Black Hole In The Nearby Universe—40 Billion Solar Masses

In space, black holes appear in different sizes and masses. The record is now held by a specimen in the Abell 85 cluster of galaxies, where an ultra-massive black hole with 40 billion times the mass of our sun sits in the middle of the central...
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This Voracious Black Hole Is So Vast, Physics Says It Should Be Impossible

Astronomers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences have announced the discovery of a black hole within our galaxy that they claim has a mass 70 times greater than our Sun. The startling discovery dashes what was previously believed to be the upper...
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