Black Holes

Image: Giant Black Hole Powers Cosmic Fountain

Before electrical power became available, water fountains worked by relying on gravity to channel water from a higher elevation to a lower one. This water could then be redirected to shoot out of the fountain and create a centerpiece for people to...

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New Gravitational Waves Detections Shed Light On Entire Population Of Black Holes

New detections and analysis of gravitational waves – announced Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop in College Park, Maryland – broaden scientists’ understanding of the entire population of stellar-mass...
Related topics: Physics, Space

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Supermassive Black Hole Could Swallow Earth, Astronomer Warns (video)

An Italian astronomer has explained that supermassive black holes have masses millions or billions times greater than that of the Sun, and have grown to huge proportions by swallowing matter and merging with other black holes.
Related topics: Space, Science Videos, Sun

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Wind From A Distant Black Hole Spotted 228,000 Light-years Away From Its Galaxy

Astronomers studying the universe’s first light — the light from the first stars, which ignited nearly 14 billion years ago, according to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) — have made an unexpected discovery. While scouring the...
Related topics: Galaxies, Space, Scientific Discoveries

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What Is Solar Mass?

How would you measure the masses of objects as big as stars, galaxies and black holes? With solar mass. And you can thank Sir Isaac Newton for that.
Related topics: Space, Galaxies

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Black Holes Surrounded By Gaseous 'fountains,' Not 'donuts'

Black Hole Fountains Where once were donuts, now there may be fountains. Not literally, unfortunately, but new astronomical observations are rewriting scientists' conceptions of what the area around a black hole looks like, and the new evidence...

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Physicists Have Announced The Discovery Of Four Black Hole Mergers After Observation Of...

Over the weekend in Maryland, physicists involved in the Virgo and LIGO project made the exciting announcement that they had discovered four completely new black hole mergers which came about after gravitational waves were detected around these...
Related topics: Physics, Scientific Discoveries

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Physicists Detected Gravitational Waves From Four New Black-hole Mergers

Enlarge / Artist's rendering of two merging black holes, producing telltale gravitational wave signatures that were picked up by the LIGO/VIRGO detectors.. (credit: Aurore Simonnet/LIGO-Virgo Collaboration/Sonoma State University) At a weekend...
Related topics: Physics

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We Just Detected The Largest Known Collision Of Black Holes

Scientists have detected rippled in space and time known as gravitational waves that came from the biggest known collision of black holes.        

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Computer Sims And Observations Change How Scientists View Supermassive Black Holes

Researchers have made a new discovery the changes how supermassive black holes are thought to operate. The discovery is based on computer simulations and new observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). What the...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries

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Gases Around Black Holes Form Dynamic Fountains, Not Rigid Donuts

The rings of gas that surround black holes were previously thought to be donut-shaped. But now it seems that the gases around the black hole are in constant circulation, forming a shape like a water fountain. The post Gases around black holes form...

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Thought Black Holes Were Donut-shaped? It Turns Out They're More Like Fountains

Japanese boffins argue for a new spin on astrophysics Black holes aren’t shaped like donuts after all, and actually look like water fountains instead, according to new research.…
Related topics: Astrophysics

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Gas Clouds Whirling Around Black Hole Form Heart Of Extremely Distant Luminous Astronomical Object

In 1963, astronomer Maarten Schmidt identified the first quasi-stellar object or "quasar," an extremely bright but distant object. He found the single quasar, the active nucleus of a far-away galaxy known to astronomers as 3C 273, to be 100 times...
Related topics: Space, Quasars, Galaxies

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A Monster Black Hole Powers This Cosmic Fountain A Billion Light-years Away (video)

A monster black hole acts like a mechanical pump in a cosmic fountain, and researchers speculate that this phenomenon may be common.
Related topics: Science Videos

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The Milky Way's Central Black Hole Is A Hot Spot For Astrophysics

Recently observed flares near our galaxy’s supermassive heart could lead to revolutionary discoveries -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Milky Way, Space, Astrophysics, Galaxies

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Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

Some quasars, powered by supermassive black holes, have been shutting down ahead of schedule. A sort of "murder-suicide pact" could explain it.
Related topics: Quasars

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Will We Ever See A Black Hole?

In the shadowy regions of black holes two fundamental theories describing our world collide. Can these problems be resolved and do black holes really exist? First, we may have to see one and scientists are trying to do just this.

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Discovery Of Hotspots Circling Milky Way Black Hole Has Astronomers Excited

The discovery of wobbling "hotspots" circling the drain of a massive black hole offers exciting new evidence for the behemoth that lies at our galaxy's center.
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries, Milky Way, Space

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Creating Black Holes: Division By Zero In Practice

Dividing by zero — the fundamental no-can-do of arithmetic. It is somewhat surrounded by mystery, and is a constant source for internet humor, whether it involves exploding microcontrollers, the collapse of the universe, or crashing your own...

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Large Hadron Collider Upgrade Poses No Risks Of Black Hole Creation - Cern

GENEVA (Sputnik) - The upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) poses no threat of Earth collapse, Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Fabiola Gianotti told Sputnik.
Related topics: Large Hadron Collider, CERN

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