Black Holes

There Are No Such Things As Black Holes

by Jason Major September 24, 2014

That’s the conclusion reached by one researcher from the University of North Carolina: black holes can’t exist in our Universe — not mathematically, anyway. “I’m still not over the shock,” said Laura Mersini-Houghton, associate physics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. “We’ve been studying this problem for a more than 50 years and this solution gives us a […]

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Surprise! Tiny Galaxy Sports A Huge Black Hole, And There Could Be More Like It

by Elizabeth Howell September 17, 2014

In a finding that could turn supermassive black hole formation theories upside-down, astronomers have spotted one of these beasts inside a tiny galaxy just 157 light-years across — about 500 times smaller than the Milky Way. The clincher will be if the team can find more black holes like it, and that’s something they’re already […]

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Feel The Beat: Black Hole’s Pulse Reveals Its Mysterious Size

by Elizabeth Howell August 19, 2014

There’s a bit of a mystery buried in the heart of the Cigar Galaxy, known more formally as M82 or Messier 82. Shining brightly in X-rays is a black hole (called M82 X-1) that straddles an unusual line between small and huge black holes, new research has revealed. The new study reveals for the first […]

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How did Supermassive Black Holes Grow so Massive so Quickly?

by Shannon Hall August 12, 2014

Black holes one billion times the Sun’s mass or more lie at the heart of many galaxies, driving their evolution. Although common today, evidence of supermassive black holes existing since the infancy of the Universe, one billion years or so after the Big Bang, has puzzled astronomers for years. How could these giants have grown […]

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Supermassive Black Hole Blasting Molecular Hydrogen Solves Outstanding Mystery

by Shannon Hall July 9, 2014

The supermassive black holes in the cores of most massive galaxies wreak havoc on their immediate surroundings. During their most active phases — when they ignite as luminous quasars — they launch extremely powerful and high-velocity outflows of gas. These outflows can sweep up and heat material, playing a pivotal role in the formation and […]

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