08 March 2006, 01:00 PM ET
The most distant explosion ever recorded, signaling the birth of a black hole, was more chaotic and lasted longer than astronomers would have expected.
27 February 2006, 06:48 AM ET
Astronomers have learned a lot about our home galaxy in recent years. SPACE.com presents a New Tourist's Guide to the Milky Way.
24 January 2006, 06:21 AM ET
A black hole in the constellation Scorpius is emitting two X-ray frequencies that are identical to those detected nine years ago. The finding, predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, suggests the black hole has created a stable dent f
10 January 2006, 01:17 PM ET
Scientists have found the first strong evidence that the supermassive black holes at the hearts of some galaxies weren't born big, but grew to their monstrous mass through the mergers of smaller galaxies.
09 January 2006, 11:20 AM ET
A type of X-ray explosion found on neutron stars does not occur near black holes, scientists announced here today. The lack of explosions is strong evidence for the existence of a black hole event horizon, a theoretical boundary into which matter vanishes
14 December 2005, 01:03 PM ET
A distant eruption of high-energy gamma rays is evidence for a black hole swallowing another dense object called a neutron star, astronomers announced today.
01 December 2005, 12:01 PM ET
Giant plumes caused by explosive venting from the vicinity of a supermassive black holeprovide dramatic new evidence of the influence a black hole can have over intergalactic distances.
02 November 2005, 01:01 PM ET
The black hole at the center of our Galaxy could fit within the distance between Earth and the Sun, according to a new study. The finding brings scientists one-step closer to obtaining the ultimate proof that the object massive object is indeed a black ho
13 October 2005, 01:01 PM ET
Stars are born closer to the Milky Way's central back hole than was thought possible.
11 October 2005, 06:23 AM ET
At the core of the Milky Way is a supermassive black hole that sucks in light, rendering it virtually invisible. But astronomers say they will be able to see the black hole's overall shadow within a few years.
05 October 2005, 01:00 PM ET
After decades chasing short-duration gamma-ray bursts, astronomers think they've finally figured out the source: merging neutron stars.
20 September 2005, 01:00 PM ET
Stars race around a black hole at the center of the Andromeda galaxy so fast that they could go the distance from Earth to the Moon in six minutes.
14 September 2005, 01:00 PM ET
In a strange reversal, astronomers have detected a massive black hole but can find no traces of the surrounding galaxy that should be feeding it.
23 August 2005, 07:00 AM ET
Astronomers are surprised by just how hectic the birth of a black hole is.
16 August 2005, 06:38 AM ET
Astronomers use the finding to calculate black hole output, and it looks like they are more powerful than expected.
03 August 2005, 01:24 PM ET
Scientists suspected they were there. Now they've spotted nearly a dozen in just a small patch of sky.
11 July 2005, 06:27 AM ET
New research pictures the distortions caused by a spinning black hole.
04 July 2005, 04:15 AM ET
High-speed streams of material could help explain emanations from black holes.
27 June 2005, 02:16 AM ET
The “Millennium Run” simulates the largest chunk of the universe yet.
06 June 2005, 01:16 PM ET
A search for the remains of a nearby stellar explosion has come up empty.
30 May 2005, 06:53 AM ET
Although previously suspected, astronomers now have clear evidence that gamma ray bursts come in separate varieties.
21 February 2005, 06:45 AM ET
A runty black hole that has perplexed astronomer for
years because of its miniature nature is actually larger than astronomers
thought, but it is still far and above the smallest of its type ever
09 February 2005, 01:00 PM ET
The energy created when black holes merge contributes to star formation and blows gas to the outskirts of a galaxy, creating a limit to how much the black hole can consume, a new computer simulation shows.
01 February 2005, 07:00 AM ET
If a magnetar flew past Earth within 100,000 miles, the intense magnetic field the exotic object would destroy the data on every credit card on the planet.
27 January 2005, 06:29 AM ET
An outburst of energy emanated from the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy just 350 years ago.
11 January 2005, 09:16 AM ET
A new study reveals that the center of our Milky Way Galaxy is loaded with black holes, as astronomers have expected in recent years.
10 January 2005, 01:52 PM ET
Astronomers spot hot iron gas riding a giant ripple in warped fabric of space and time around a huge gravity well.
05 January 2005, 03:00 PM ET
The largest explosion ever seen in space reveals that black holes are more influential than expected, perhaps sometimes throttling star formation in a galaxy while gobbling up tons of galactic gas.
22 November 2004, 01:26 PM ET
Incredibly massive black holes had fully matured just a billion years after the birth of the universe, according to two separate studies.
15 November 2004, 06:23 AM ET
Astronomers think they have found a rare if not unique black hole very near the center of the Milky Way. That would make two of the beasts in that part of the galaxy.
09 November 2004, 07:00 AM ET
Just eight days away from launch, NASA’s Swift spacecraft is being readied for a mission to scan the sky for gamma-ray bursts, cosmic explosions that can burn with the intensity of billions of suns in less than a second. Researchers hope the mission will
04 November 2004, 02:00 PM ET
Two Italian researchers pored through a series of black hole observations taken over about five years to separate its X-ray emissions into those belched by powerful polar jets and those originating from a disk of material swirling around the object’s maw.
20 October 2004, 01:00 PM ET
Earth's spin warps space around the planet, according to a new study that confirms a key prediction of Einstein's general theory of relativity.
05 October 2004, 06:30 AM ET
Astronomers may have detected hot gas rapidly spinning into a supermassive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. These first of their kind observations help pinpoint the mass of the hungry maw that is constantly devouring material.
17 August 2004, 06:58 AM ET
To unravel the mystery of black hole jets, one researcher invokes some imaginary string, a corkscrew and a certain child's plaything -- the Slinky.
28 May 2004, 06:00 AM ET
European researchers have found 30 previously hidden supermassive black holes anchoring faraway galaxies, suggest there at least twice as many of the colossal gravity wells as thought.