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28 May 2007, 08:29 AM ET
A “failed star” with only 24 times the mass of Jupiter is the smallest known object to spout jets of matter from its poles, a phenomenon typically associated with much larger black holes and young stars.
24 May 2007, 01:19 PM ET
Like well prepared travelers, some wandering black holes take their food with them as they journey through their host galaxies.
17 May 2007, 02:03 PM ET
A new detailed peak at a pair of colliding black holes reveals clouds of new stars formed in the wake of the merger.
30 April 2007, 06:22 AM ET
To light up the brightest flashes in the universe may require intense magnetic fields rather than fiery jets.
27 April 2007, 11:34 AM ET
Several ideas have tried to explain the most colossal eruptions in the universe.
12 April 2007, 01:28 PM ET
A recently observed black hole eclipse is giving astronomers a chance to test two key predictions about the swirling disk of material that surrounds it.
12 March 2007, 12:14 PM ET
A new survey revealing more than a thousand supermassive black holes on one region of the sky calls into question a popular model for how the gravity monsters consume material.
06 March 2007, 06:06 AM ET
In a cosmic game of pinball, black holes fling high-energy protons into space, where they zigzag around at near light-speeds before smashing into low-energy protons, finds a new study.
21 February 2007, 06:02 AM ET
Astronomers spot black holes by detecting the high-energy radiation emitted by swirling matter falling into them. In a decade, however, they hope to be able to spot black holes by looking at the warps in space-time their immense gravity creates.
20 February 2007, 06:13 AM ET asks several black hole experts what tops their list of recent black hole discoveries and what they think the biggest questions surrounding these captivating objects are.
19 February 2007, 05:56 AM ET
In an interview with, Astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, discusses the mysteries surrounding black holes and the reason he chose to name his new book after them.
09 February 2007, 11:29 AM ET
A new cosmic map reveals a close relationship between galaxies that have energetic supermassive black holes at their centers and the distribution of invisible dark matter in the early universe.
11 January 2007, 02:00 PM ET
An X-ray outburst several thousand years ago by the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy caused surrounding gas clouds to fluoresce brightly in a cosmic light show that is only now being detected, a new study finds.
08 January 2007, 12:01 PM ET
SEATTLE – The discovery of three distant supermassive black holes in close proximity to each other is giving astronomers a glimpse into the chaotic early years of the universe.
07 January 2007, 12:37 PM ET
Astronomers have found evidence of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a dwarf elliptical galaxy about 54 million light-years away.
03 January 2007, 01:03 PM ET
Astronomers have spied a small black hole nestled in the middle of a packed star cluster, a region not typically thought to be very black hole-friendly.
20 December 2006, 01:04 PM ET
Astronomers have detected a new class of enigmatic stars that appear to fade away quietly and in the dark.
18 December 2006, 03:54 PM ET
Astronomers might have seen the very first stars in the universe. If so, these are incredible stars, some 1,000 times as massive as the Sun.
27 November 2006, 12:29 PM ET
An eruption of high-energy radiation recently signaled a tantrum unleashed by a black hole, astronomers announced today.
20 November 2006, 09:39 AM ET
An international team of astronomers measured the spinning speed of three black holes, finding that one rotates at a breakneck 950 times per second, nearing its rotation limit of 1,150 spins a second.
12 October 2006, 12:37 PM ET
Hubble observations of the radio galaxy MRC 1138-262, nicknamed the "Spiderweb Galaxy", have provided a dramatic glimpse of a large massive galaxy under assembly as smaller galaxies merge.
06 October 2006, 11:19 AM ET
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory “listen” to sounds emanating from supermassive black hole.
05 October 2006, 03:02 PM ET
Astronomers have looked under the hoods of quasars, the brightest objects in the universe, and found some of the best evidence yet for the black holes that are thought to power them.
05 October 2006, 02:38 PM ET
A new census compiled by astronomers contains the location of every nearby galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center.
02 October 2006, 02:00 AM ET
Stars in large galaxies formed much earlier than astronomers previously thought.
05 September 2006, 12:17 AM ET
Supermassive black holes play a stealthy role in two major types of galaxies in the universe, bulking up until they are big enough to effectively shut down the formation of new stars, scientists have found.
30 August 2006, 01:00 PM ET
Astronomers have detected a GRB-supernova hybrid that could shed light on the mechanism behind both.
26 July 2006, 03:55 PM ET
An extensive survey designed to find black holes has come up surprisingly short, leaving astronomers to wonder if their theories about these cosmic gravity wells are correct.
10 July 2006, 12:04 AM ET
With their X-ray vision, and other techniques, researchers are monitoring the chaotic environments around these black holes trying to solve some longstanding mysteries.
26 June 2006, 10:42 AM ET
A space telescope scheduled for launch in 2007 will be sensitive enough to detect theoretical miniature black holes lurking within our solar system. In doing so, it could test an exotic five-dimensional theory of gravity that competes with Albert Einstein
21 June 2006, 01:08 PM ET
Contrary to what you might think, a black hole's gravitational tug isn't strong enough to send matter falling into its center. It's magnetism that provides the final nudge inwards, a new study finds.
20 June 2006, 08:00 PM ET
In this animation of GRO J1655-40, gas is being drawn from the surface of the normal star onto the black hole's rotating accretion disk. Magnetic fields cause some of the gas to fall onto the black hole, and light is emitted in the process.
29 May 2006, 07:10 AM ET
A distinctive feature of black holes is the discharge of narrow jets that shoot matter into space in a continuous stream near the speed of light. But NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has recently found one of these jets around a dense stellar corpse known a
01 May 2006, 02:04 PM ET
Astronomers have detected the closest supermassive black hole neighbors yet. The pair dance around each other from a distance of about 24 light years, closer than Earth is to the bright star Vega.
24 April 2006, 01:58 PM ET
A new study finds that black holes are the most fuel efficient engines in the universe. If they were cars, they could travel over a billion miles on a single gallon of gas.
24 April 2006, 06:40 AM ET
Doomsayers and Chicken Little types can now rest a little easier. Scientists say the chances of our planet being struck by high energy gamma ray burst are close to nil.