Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH)

A Black Hole Nibbles on a Star Every 22 Days, Slowly Consuming it

Astronomers working with NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory have spotted something unusual. The observatory's X-Ray Telescope (XRT) has captured emissions…

3 months ago

M87 Galaxy Reconstructed in Thrilling 3D

In astronomy, we speak casually of extremely large numbers and extremely vast distances as if they're trivial. A supermassive black…

8 months ago

Astronomers Spot a Rogue Supermassive Black Hole, Hurtling Through Space Leaving Star Formation in its Wake

Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) lurk in the center of large galaxies like ours. From their commanding position in the galaxy's…

10 months ago

Hungry Black Hole was Already Feasting 800 Million Years After the Big Bang

Black holes swallow everything—including light—which explains why we can't see them. But we can observe their immediate surroundings and learn…

10 months ago

The Donut That Used To Be a Star

The death of a star is one of the most dramatic natural events in the Universe. Some stars die in…

11 months ago

A Black Hole is Savoring its Meal, Feeding on the Same Star Over and Over Again

Something extraordinary happens about every 10,000 to 100,000 years in galaxies like the Milky Way. An unwary star approaches the…

11 months ago

A Black Hole Consumed a Star and Released the Light of a Trillion Suns

When a flash of light appears somewhere in the sky, astronomers notice. When it appears in a region of the…

1 year ago

IceCube Senses Neutrinos Streaming From an Active Galaxy 47 Million Light-Years Away

Researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have detected neutrinos emanating from the energetic core of an active galaxy millions of…

1 year ago

Supermassive Black Holes Formed Directly out of Enormous Streams of Cold gas

New research shows that distant quasars were born in the cold dark of turbulent gas.

1 year ago

Supermassive Black Holes Shut Down Star Formation

Supermassive black holes play a central role to weaken star production in their galaxies.

2 years ago