Navigating the Cosmos by Quasar

by Jason Major October 1, 2013

50 million light-years away a quasar resides in the hub of galaxy NGC 4438, an incredibly bright source of light and radiation that’s the result of a supermassive black hole actively feeding on nearby gas and dust (and pretty much anything else that ventures too closely.) Shining with the energy of 1,000 Milky Ways, this […]

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Galactic Gas Cloud Could Help Spot Hidden Black Holes

by Jason Major February 15, 2013

The heart of our Milky Way galaxy is an exotic place. It’s swarming with gigantic stars, showered by lethal blasts of high-energy radiation and a veritable cul-de-sac for the most enigmatic stellar corpses known to science: black holes. And at the center of the whole mélange is the granddaddy of all the black holes in […]

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Black Hole Jets Might Be Molded by Magnetism

by Jason Major December 4, 2012

Visible-light Hubble image of the jet emitted by the 3-billion-solar-mass black hole at the heart of galaxy M87 (Feb. 1998) Credit: NASA/ESA and John Biretta (STScI/JHU) Even though black holes — by their definition and very nature — are the ultimate hoarders of the Universe, gathering and gobbling up matter and energy to the extent that not […]

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“Oddball” Galaxy Contains the Biggest Black Hole Yet

by Jason Major November 28, 2012

Image of lenticular galaxy NGC 1277 taken with Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA/ESA/Andrew C. Fabian) It’s thought that at the heart of most if not every spiral galaxy (as well as some dwarf galaxies) there’s a supermassive black hole, by definition containing enormous amounts of mass — hundreds of millions, even billions of times the mass […]

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First-Ever Image of a Black Hole to be Captured by Earth-Sized Scope

by Jason Major January 17, 2012

“Sgr A* is the right object, VLBI is the right technique, and this decade is the right time.” So states the mission page of the Event Horizon Telescope, an international endeavor that will combine the capabilities of over 50 radio telescopes across the globe to create a single Earth-sized telescope to image the enormous black […]

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