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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...
This animation rotates 360 degrees around a frozen version of the simulation in the plane of the disk. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

New simulation sheds light on spiraling Supermassive black holes

Another model is conveying researchers a bit nearer to understanding the sorts of light signals created when two supermassive black holes, which are millions...
This artist's impression shows a binary system containing a stellar-mass black hole called IGR J17091-3624, or IGR J17091 for short. The strong gravity of the black hole, on the left, is pulling gas away from a companion star on the right. This gas forms a disk of hot gas around the black hole, and the wind is driven off this disk. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Another way for stellar-mass black holes to grow larger

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong and Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taiwan and Northwestern University in the U.S. come...
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ICE/M.Mezcua et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Illustration: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart Press Image, Caption, and Videos

Finding the happy medium of black holes

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, scientists have taken major steps in their hunt to find black holes. Through this...
An artist’s impression shows the atmosphere of a Neptune-like planet (foreground) being swept backward by powerful radiation from an outburst in the center of the Milky Way (right). The planet’s host star is shown on the left

Black hole blasts may transform ‘mini-Neptunes’ into rocky worlds

According to the team of astronomers at the Harvard Gazette center of the Milky Way were changed into rocky planets by outbursts created by the...
Passing through the outer or event horizon of a black hole would be uneventful for a massive black hole. Animation by Andrew Hamilton, based on supercomputer simulation by John Hawley

Scientists suggest that some black holes erase your past

Your Past circumstances or choices may have contributed to or led to your present, it is what you do with your presentation that will...
Scientists have created a new model pointing to black holes’ role in galaxy formation

Scientists have created a new model pointing to black holes’ role in galaxy formation

Scientists have gained new insights into the formation and evolution of galaxies by developing and programming a new simulation model for the universe —...
Odd behaviour of star exposes lonely black hole hiding in giant star cluster

Odd behaviour of star exposes lonely black hole hiding in giant star cluster

Globular star bunches are immense circles of a huge number of stars that circle generally cosmic systems. They are among the most established known...
Supermassive Black Hole in Infant Universe

Supermassive Black Hole in Infant Universe

A team of astronomers including MIT scientists has recently discovered the most distant supermassive black hole ever observed. The black hole sits in the focal point...