In October 2012, a massive stellar explosion erupted in space. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at this data, and have reconstructed exactly how a black hole is formed.
For the first time ever, scientists have measured the corkscrew nature of a bright flash of light emitted from a dying star collapsing into a black hole. The new findings shed light on an event that happened almost 11 billion years ago.
Streaming jets of high-speed matter create some of the most spectacular objects in space. Now, scientists may have answered what mechanism creates these jets, revealing a bit more about the physics of our universe.
Black holes possess immense forces working within and around them. These structures in particular are some of the most important shapers and movers of the universe. Now, scientists have taken a closer look at black holes and galaxies' central bulges, revealing exactly how black holes shape the unive...
Scientists are employing technology to get a better look at how black holes swallow stars.
Using NASA's Fermi observatory, a team of astronomers have made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens. The findings open new avenues for future research, including a novel way to probe emission regions near supermassive black holes.
Most of the universe's heavy elements, including the iron central to life itself, formed surprisingly early in cosmic history and somehow spread evenly throughout the universe, according to a new study of the Perseus Galaxy Cluster using Japan's Suzaku satellite.
A dormant volcano -- a supermassive black hole -- lies at the heart of our galaxy. Fresh evidence suggests that it last erupted two million years ago. Astronomers have long suspected such an outburst occurred, but this is the first time they've been able to date it.
New Chandra images of Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), which is located about 26,000 light-years from Earth, indicate that less than 1 percent of the gas initially within Sgr A*'s gravitational grasp ever reaches the point of no return, also called the event horizon.
Supermassive black holes can be found in the center of galaxies, driving enormous forces that shape the space around them. Now, astronomers have found a new way to measure the spin of these black holes, paving the way for a better understanding about how they drive the growth of galaxies.
A Dartmouth-led team of astrophysicists has discovered the extent to which quasars and their black holes can influence their galaxies.
In the center of an active galaxy, a huge black hole consumes matter from its surroundings. Now, ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer has gathered the most detailed observations ever of the space dust around this massive black hole, revealing unprecedented details about the dust and showing sci...