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December 9, 2019

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A Runaway Star Ejected from the Galactic Heart of Darkness

Astronomers have spotted an ultrafast star, traveling at a blistering 6 million km/h, that was ejected by the supermassive black hole at the heart at the Milky Way five million years ago. The ... read more

Scientists May Have Discovered Whole New Class of Black Holes

New research shows that astronomers' search for black holes might have been missing an entire class of black holes that they didn't know existed. Astronomers offer a new way to search for black ... read more
Astronomers have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf galaxies have a significant impact on the evolution of these ... read more

Not Long Ago, the Center of the Milky Way Exploded

A titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way just 3.5 million years ago, sending a cone-shaped burst of radiation through both ... read more
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Scientists Watch a Black Hole Shredding a Star

A satellite searching space for new planets gave astronomers an unexpected glimpse at a black hole ripping a star to shreds. The milestone was reached with the help of a worldwide network of robotic ... read more

A Black Hole's Warped World

A new visualization of a black hole illustrates how its gravity distorts our view, warping its surroundings as if viewed in a funhouse ... read more

Six Galaxies Undergoing Sudden, Dramatic Transitions

Astronomers observed six mild-mannered LINER galaxies suddenly and surprisingly transforming into ravenous quasars -- home to the brightest of all active galactic nuclei. The team's observations ... read more

Most Massive Neutron Star Ever Detected, Almost Too Massive to Exist

Astronomers have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the edge of ... read more

Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy Appears to Be Getting Hungrier

The enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy is having an unusually large meal, and researchers don't know why. 'We have never seen anything like this in the 24 years we have studied ... read more

Towering Balloon-Like Features Discovered Near Center of Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered one of the largest features ever observed in the center of the Milky Way: a pair of enormous radio-emitting bubbles that tower hundreds of light-years above and below the ... read more

Scientists Detect the Ringing of a Newborn Black Hole for the First Time

Physicists have 'heard' the ringing of an infant black hole for the first time, and found that the pattern of this ringing does, in fact, predict the black hole's mass and spin -- more ... read more

Are Black Holes Made of Dark Energy?

Researchers have identified and corrected a subtle error that was made when applying Einstein's equations to model the growth of the ... read more

Astronomers Find a Golden Glow from a Distant Stellar Collision

Astronomers have re-examined data from a gamma-ray burst spotted in August 2016 and found new evidence for a kilonova -- a turbocharged explosion that instantly forged several hundred planets' ... read more

Black Hole Holograms

Researchers show how a holographic tabletop experiment can be used to simulate the physics of a black hole. This work may lead the way to a more complete theory of quantum gravity that harmonizes ... read more

Where in the Universe Can You Find a Black Hole Nursery?

Gravitational wave researchers have developed a new model that could help astronomers track down the origin of heavy black hole systems in the ... read more

ALMA Dives Into Black Hole's 'Sphere of Influence'

ALMA has made the most precise measurements of cold gas swirling around a supermassive black hole -- the cosmic behemoth at the center of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC ... read more

Outbursts of Hot Wind Detected Close to Black Hole

Astrophysicists have detected a very hot, dense outflowing wind close to a black hole at least 25,000 light-years from ... read more

Astronomers Reveal True Colors of Evolving Galactic Beasts

Astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe's most energetic ... read more

Einstein's General Relativity Theory Is Questioned but Still Stands for Now

In the most comprehensive test of general relativity near the monstrous black hole at the center of our galaxy, researchers report that Einstein's theory of general relativity holds up, at least ... read more

Hubble Uncovers Black Hole That Shouldn't Exist

As if black holes weren't mysterious enough, astronomers have found an unexpected thin disk of material furiously whirling around a supermassive black hole at the heart of the magnificent spiral ... read more

Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered on a Collision Course

Astronomers have spotted a pair of supermassive black holes on a collision course in a galaxy 2.5 billion light-years away. Coincidentally, the pair will begin producing gravitational waves in ... read more

Black Hole Brings Down Curtain on Jellyfish Galaxy's Star Turn

Astronomers have studied the role of an excited black hole in the death of an exotic 'jellyfish' galaxy. The supermassive black hole at the center of jellyfish galaxy JO201 is stripping ... read more

Researchers Decipher the History of Supermassive Black Holes in the Early Universe

Astrophysicists have found evidence for the direct formation of black holes that do not need to emerge from a star remnant. The production of black holes in the early universe, formed in this manner, ... read more

Earth's Heavy Metals Result of Supernova Explosion, Research Reveals

New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a ... read more

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