Black Holes

Supermassive Black Hole Blasting Molecular Hydrogen Solves Outstanding Mystery

by Shannon Hall July 9, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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Watch Live as Astronomers Look for Object ‘G2′ in Observing Run Webcast from the Keck Observatory

by Nancy Atkinson July 3, 2014

Wondering about the latest news on the intriguing object called ‘G2′ that is making its closest approach to the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy? You might be able to get the latest update on this object in real time during a rare live-streamed observing run from the W. M. Keck Observatory […]

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Three Supermassive Black Holes Tango in a Distant Galaxy, Marking a Huge Discovery

by Shannon Hall June 25, 2014

In a galaxy four billion light-years away, three supermassive black holes are locked in a whirling embrace. It’s the tightest trio of black holes known to date and even suggests that these closely packed systems are more common than previously thought. “What remains extraordinary to me is that these black holes, which are at the […]

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Observing Alert: Distant Blazar 3C 454.3 in Outburst, Visible in Amateur Telescopes

by Bob King June 24, 2014

Have an 8-inch or larger telescope? Don’t mind staying up late? Excellent. Here’s a chance to stare deeper into the known fabric of the universe than perhaps you’ve ever done before. The violent blazer  3C  454.3 is throwing a fit again, undergoing its most intense outburst seen since 2010. Normally it sleeps away the months around […]

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Supermassive Black Hole Shows Strange Gas Movements

by Elizabeth Howell June 20, 2014

Sometimes it takes a second look — or even more — at an astronomical object to understand what’s going on. This is what happened after astronomers obtained this image of NGC 5548 using the Hubble Space Telescope in 2013. While crunching the data, they saw some gas moving around the galaxy in a way that […]

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