Astronomers have spotted three supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at the center of three colliding galaxies a billion light years away from Earth. That alone is unusual, but the three black holes are also glowing in x-ray emissions.
Observing Sagitarius A ( a supermassive balck hole in the center of our galaxy ) with the Keck's telescope, scientists just watched as its brightness bloomed to over 75 times normal for a few hours. Astronomers aren’t certain what caused the flaring.
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 galaxy NGC 3147, 130 million light-years away.
Gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars have been detected for the second time ever — along with another, less certain signal that a neutron star being swallowed by a black hole.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has revealed the first-ever image of a black hole. The black hole in this image resides at the center of M87, a massive galaxy that’s in the Virgo cluster of galaxies.
Recent U.S. study suggests how surveys using gamma telescopes could find evidence of spacecraft powered by tiny artificial black holes. The concept of a black hole-powered spacecraft was first introduced by science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke.
The “quiet” black hole is located just 20 light years from the supermassive four-million-solar-mass black hole lurking at the centre of the Milky Way. In the future, it will fall into the supermassive black hole.
A planned US$35-million upgrade could enable LIGO to spot one black-hole merger per hour by the mid-2020s.
An international team of scientists have detected gravitational waves from the biggest known black-hole collision that formed a new black hole about 80 times larger than the Sun.
The novel GRAVITY instrument has discovered clumps of gas swirling around at about 30 per cent of the speed of light on a circular orbit just outside the innermost stable orbit of a four million mass black hole.
This confirms the current understanding of cosmological evolution - that galaxies and their associated black holes merge over time, forming bigger and bigger galaxies and black holes.
Observations have for the first time clearly revealed the effects of Einstein's general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field very close to the supermassive black hole.