Black Holes

How did Supermassive Black Holes Form? Collapsing Dark Matter Halos can Explain Them

We don't quite understand how the first supermassive black holes formed so quickly in the young universe. So a team…

2 weeks ago

Hawking Made a Prediction About Black Holes, and Physicists Just Confirmed it

Astronomers have found the first evidence that black holes follow the laws of thermodynamics.

3 weeks ago

Gravitational-Wave Detector Could Sense Merging Primordial Black Holes With the Mass of a Planet, Millions of Light-Years Away

A new idea for detecting gravitational waves might allow us to discover planet-mass primordial black holes.

4 weeks ago

Space Telescopes Could Provide Next-Level Images of Black Hole Event Horizons

Back in 2019, the world was treated to the first ever image of a black hole, which was originally captured…

1 month ago

Black Holes don't Just Destroy, They Also Help With Star Formation

Black holes destroy stars, but their powerful jets can also clear the way for new stars to form.

1 month ago

Whether They’re Stellar-Mass or Supermassive, Black Holes Behave Pretty Much the Same Way

Astronomers recently caught a supermassive black hole gulp down a star. It flared in exactly the same way as its…

2 months ago

Scientist sees deep meaning in black holes after Event Horizon Telescope’s triumph

Why are black holes so alluring? You could cite plenty of reasons: They’re matter-gobbling monsters, making them the perfect plot device…

2 months ago

What Comes After Photographing a Black Hole's Event Horizon? Could we see the Photon Ring?

The Next Generation Event Horizon Telescope may reveal the dark edge of a black hole's event horizon.

2 months ago

Are we Seeing a Star That Just got Spaghettified?

Sometimes astronomers come up with awesome names for certain phenomena and then feel like they can’t use them in formal…

3 months ago

Smallest, Closest Black Hole Ever Discovered is Only 1,500 Light-Years Away

A red giant star may have a black hole companion that is only three solar masses in size.

3 months ago