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The Chandra images show pairs of huge bubbles, or cavities, in the hot gaseous atmospheres of the galaxies, created in each case by jets produced by a central supermassive black hole. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC Illustration: CXC/M. Weiss.

Scientists spotted black hole spinning rapidly around itself

Using observations from state-of-the-art technology, the team of researchers led by the University of Southampton- found evidence that a stellar-mass black hole in our...
Image: Northwestern University

Birth of a black hole or neutron star captured for first time

Scientists at the Northwestern University have captured the mysteriously bright object that burst in the northern sky this summer. Dubbed AT2018cow or “The Cow,” the object...
This artist's impression shows hot gas orbiting in a disk around a rapidly-spinning black hole. The elongated spot depicts an X-ray-bright region in the disk, which allows the spin of the black hole to be estimated. Image: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

X-ray pulse detected near event horizon as black hole devours star

On Nov. 22, 2014, stargazers detected an uncommon vent in the night sky: A supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy, almost...
The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51a) and companion galaxy (M51b). This Hubble Space Telescope image represents a merger between two galaxies similar in mass to the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud. CREDIT NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Nearby dwarf galaxy will hit milky way, wake up black hole

In a new study by Durham University, astrophysicists suggest that our solar system could get blasted into space after a newly-predicted collision with a...
Artist's conception shows two merging black holes. Credit: credit: LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (AuroreSimonnet)

Scientists uncover new properties of black holes

The National Science Foundation’s LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and the European-based VIRGO gravitational wave detectors have detected gravitational waves from a total of 10...
Simulation of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole

Most detailed observations of material orbiting close to a Black Hole

ESO Gravity is a four-way beam combination second generation instrument for the VLTI. Its main operation mode makes use of all four 8m Unit...
Snapshots of the 120 million particle simulation of two merging dwarf galaxies, which each contain a blackhole, between 6 and 7.5 billion years. (Image: Thomas Tamfal/UZH)

Illuminating the dark matter with gravitational waves

Using Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), a team of astronomers at the University of Zurich have observed gravitational waves emitted by black holes. These shock...

Geometry of spacetime as a quantum information processing device

In the race for building a scalable quantum computer, devices using photons as a carrier of quantum information are in the front-runner. The reason...
Two images of Cygnus A layered over each other to show the galaxy’s jets glowing with radio radiation (shown in red). Quiescent galaxies, like our own Milky Way, do not have jets like this, which may be related to magnetic fields. The yellow image shows background stars and the center of the galaxy shrouded in dust when observed with visible light. The area SOFIA observed is inside the small red dot in the center. Credits: Optical Image: NASA/STSiC Radio Image: NSF/NRAO/AUI/VLA

Magnetic fields may be the key to black hole activity

Black holes are objects so dense, and with so much mass, that even light cannot escape their gravity. However, astronomers can study the effects...

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