Active Galactic Nucleus

Supermassive Black Hole Orbits an Even More Massive Black Hole, Crashing Through its Accretion Disk Every 12 Years

Recent observations by the now-retired Spitzer mission have led to accurate predictions OJ 287, a blazar that contains a supermassive…

3 months ago

Some Quasars Shine With the Light of Over a Trillion Stars

Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the Universe. The brightest ones are so luminous they outshine a trillion…

10 months ago

New Technique for Estimating the Mass of a Black Hole

A Russian-led team of astronomers has developed a method for estimating the mass of a supermassive black hole by looking…

11 months ago

Astronomers Find a Supermassive Black Hole That’s Feasting on a Regular Schedule, Every 9 Hours

Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole (SMBH) with an unusually regular feeding schedule. The behemoth is an active galactic…

11 months ago

The Universe’s Missing Matter. Found!

Thanks to a recent study by an international team of scientists, the remaining missing normal matter of the Universe may…

2 years ago

Researchers Tackle Question of How the Universe Became Filled With Light

A new study from a team of researchers from the University of Iowa claims black holes ejecting light could have…

3 years ago

Gravitational Lensing Provides Rare Glimpse Into Interiors of Black Holes

An international team of scientists relied on a new kind of gravitational lensing to conduct a detailed study of a…

3 years ago

Astronomers Find a Rogue Supermassive Black Hole, Kicked out by a Galactic Collision

A new study by a research team from the Max Planck Institute may have found a black hole that was…

3 years ago

What is a Supermassive Black Hole?

For decades, astronomers have believed that a supermassive black hole exists at the center of our galaxy. And ongoing research…

4 years ago

What are Active Galactic Nuclei?

The center of large galaxies are active places, where supermassive black holes pump out an incredible amount of light and…

4 years ago