Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH)

The JWST is Re-Writing Astronomy Textbooks

When the James Webb Space Telescope was launched at the end of 2021, we expected stunning images and illuminating scientific…

2 weeks ago

Not All Black Holes are Ravenous Gluttons

Some Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) consume vast quantities of gas and dust, triggering brilliant light shows that can outshine an…

1 month ago

The Stellar Demolition Derby in the Centre of the Galaxy

The region near the Milky Way's centre is dominated by the supermassive black hole that resides there. Sagittarius A*'s overwhelming…

2 months ago

A Black Hole Has Cleared Out Its Neighbourhood

We can't see them directly, but we know they're there. Supermassive black holes (SMBHs) likely dwell at the center of…

4 months ago

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…

9 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year ago