Astronomers recently discovered two supermassive black holes in the quasar known as Markarian 231, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This suggests that these massive black holes form from violent mergers.
The brightest galaxy in the Universe has been discovered by scientists using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), shining with the infrared light of more than 300 trillion suns, according to a new study.
Intense magnetism has been discovered near a supermassive black hole, and scientists hope it can help them better understand these massive inhabitants of the centers of galaxies.
Astronomers have discovered the fastest star ever known, dubbed US 708, hurtling through the galaxy after a massive supernova ejected it into space, and now it appears to be moving so fast that it is being flung out of the Milky Way altogether.
Apparently proper hygiene is a bit different for growing galaxies, as a long "shower" could be a very bad thing. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope have revealed a young galaxy cluster that is riddled with holes. Research now reveals that it's growth was stunted by its very own black hole after unusual cosmic precipitation halted an important cycle.
Scientists have discovered a monstrous black hole about 13 billion light-years away from Earth, and it is the largest they have ever seen, a new study says.
Black holes: we know so little about them (we're not even sure they exist!) and yet one is quite literally the center of our galaxy. Now a pair of telescopes has identified strong evidence of radiation and ultra-fast winds blowing in a nearly spherical fashion, suggesting that black holes are more than just bottomless pits of condensing matter.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory recently detected an incredibly powerful flare of x-rays from the supermassive black hole that's at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, raising some serious questions about the behavior of this black hole, and how it influences the immense world that it plays host to.
Although the mad rush to snatch up those last minute Christmas gifts and Black Friday sales may make your bank account seem like a dark and empty abyss, you may have missed out on the true black holes that NASA was showcasing yesterday. Here's a recap.
An international team of researchers have brought attention to an unknown object in our Universe - a unique source of light at the edge of a galaxy some 90 million light-years away. Based off observational data, experts have theorized that this can be one of two incredibly unique things: either a giant black hole that was somehow exiled from the center of its own galaxy, or an incredibly massive star that is self-destructing.
Neutrinos are like the ghosts of the particle world, carrying no charge and interacting with electrons and protons in only the faintest ways. Now a new study suggests that the great majority of high-energy neutrinos that can be found in the Milky Way Galaxy may be coming from the large black hole at its center, implying that black holes are actually neutrino factories.
A hungry black hole some 12 million light-years from Earth has a voracious appetite, consuming gas from a nearby star 10 times faster than previously thought possible, according to astronomers behind a new study.
NASA's Hubble space telescope has recently helped astronomers stumble upon a very unlikely duo. One of the smallest galaxies ever identified has been discovered to be the home of a super massive black hole.
Experts have been fairly certain for a long time that there are two sizes for black holes, small and incredibly colossal. Now however, researchers claim to have identified medium-sized black holes, a potential phenomenon that has long been shrouded in confusion and doubt.
In the spirit of the 4th of July, scientists are talking about the dazzling light show that's currently happening in the nearby galaxy Messier 106, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory.