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There’s a Ring of Cool Gas Wrapped Around the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

There's a lot going on at the center of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A-Star resides there,…

5 years ago

First Detailed Image Of Accretion Disk Around A Young Star

For the first time ever, an international team of astronomers - using the ALMA array - have taken a clear…

7 years ago

A Pulsar and White Dwarf Dance Together In A Surprising Orbit

The discovery of a millisecond pulsar orbiting a low-mass white dwarf star has astronomers puzzled, mainly because its orbit defies…

8 years ago

How Massive Can Black Holes Get?

We talk about stellar mass and supermassive black holes. What are the limits? How massive can these things get? Without…

9 years ago

The Physics Behind “Interstellar’s” Visual Effects Was So Good, it Led to a Scientific Discovery

While he was working on the film Interstellar, executive producer Kip Thorne was tasked with creating the black hole that…

10 years ago

Dodging Black Hole Bullets

[/caption] In mid-2009 a binary star system cataloged as H H1743–322 shot off something very unusual. Poised about 28,000 light…

12 years ago

Hubble Telescope Directly Observes Quasar Accretion Disc Surrounding Black Hole

[/caption] Thanks to the magic of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a team of international astronomers have made an incredible…

13 years ago