05 March 2014, 03:20 PM ET
Astronomers have calculated how fast a distant supermassive black hole rotates, clocking it at nearly half the speed of light. A fortuitious lineup of cosmic objects allowed scientists to measure the mind-boggling spin rate.
04 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Inside black holes dwell quantum remains of the stars from which they were formed, say a group of scientists, who also predict that these stars can later emerge once the black hole evaporates.
28 February 2014, 03:30 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a view of the microquasar MQ1—a black hole in the galaxy M83—as it appeared to the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3.
27 February 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Black holes can blast their surroundings with much stronger winds than previously thought, scientists say. The discovery will help better model the evolution of black holes over time, and help uncover the huge influence they can have on host galaxies.
27 February 2014, 09:38 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows a composite view of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1399. The stellar component, as observed at optical wavelengths, is shown in white at the center of the image.
26 February 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Powerful jets generated by supermassive black holes could be quenching star formation in elliptical galaxies, forcing them to appear "red and dead," a new study reports.
05 February 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Black holes acting as companions to early stars may have taken more time to raise the temperature of the ancient universe than previously thought, a new study suggests.
29 January 2014, 11:06 PM ET
Over the past few days, the media has cried out the recent proclamation from Stephen Hawking that black holes, a mystery of both science and science fiction, do not exist.
28 January 2014, 03:39 PM ET
On the heels of his bombshell claim that black holes — as scientists have traditionally thought of them — may not exist, Stephen Hawking will tell the story of his life in a new documentary that premieres tonight (Jan. 29) at 10:00 p.m. EST on PBS.
28 January 2014, 03:12 PM ET
Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has shaken up the popular science world with his newest study about the basic nature of black holes, but is his idea revolutionary? Some scientists aren't convinced.
28 January 2014, 12:05 PM ET
To resolve a paradox between quantum mechanics and general relativity, Stephen Hawking has released a new paper arguing that light can, in fact, escape from black holes eventually, doing away with the notion of an event horizon.
25 January 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Black holes are mysterious objects in space where not even light can escape. But what are they really? Can we even ever truly know?
25 January 2014, 09:02 AM ET
On reading a new paper by Stephen Hawking that appeared online this week, you would have been forgiven in thinking the world-renowned British physicist was spoofing us. Hawking's unpublished work declares: 'There are no black holes.'
24 January 2014, 08:36 AM ET
Black holes are some of the universe's most enigmatic and mysterious objects. Take a tour of some of the most famous ones in the cosmos.
23 January 2014, 07:11 AM ET
When the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way consumes an incoming cloud of gas, NASA’s Swift telescope will be on the scene.
16 January 2014, 09:34 AM ET
This fascinating space wallpaper is an artist's concept of the MWC 656 system, which consists of a massive "Be" star and a companion black hole.
16 January 2014, 07:40 AM ET
An interstellar spacecraft could conceivably be powered by the radiation emitted by a tiny, manmade black hole. Here's a look at what it would take to turn this ambitious idea into reality.
15 January 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Astronomers have found a quiescent black hole orbiting a massive, fast-rotating 'B-emission' star, suggesting that these strange binary systems may be common throughout the Milky Way galaxy.
08 January 2014, 03:18 PM ET
The 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) began Sunday (Jan. 5) and runs through Thursday (Jan. 9). See images released during the conference.
08 January 2014, 03:08 PM ET
The supermassive singularity at the center of our galaxy (Sgr A*) flares in X-ray radiation every 5 - 10 days. Astronomers swing NASA’s Swift XRT spacecraft to spy on the 4 million solar mass black hole every few days.
04 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) begins Sunday (Jan. 5) and runs through Thursday (Jan. 9). Conference organizers are expecting more than 3,000 astronomers to attend.
31 December 2013, 11:27 AM ET
Marjorie Townsend, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from George Washington University, discusses the X-ray Explorer Satellite with a colleague.
17 December 2013, 05:33 PM ET
The European Research Council has given $19.3 million to a project that aims to peer at the supermassive black hole at the core of the Milky Way and image its event horizon — the theorized boundary beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape.
27 November 2013, 01:00 PM ET
The incredible luminosity of a black-hole system known as ULX-1 may force a rethink of the leading theories that explain how some black holes radiate energy, researchers said.
21 November 2013, 02:59 PM ET
When a massive star runs out of nuclear fuel, it collapses under its own weight and forms a black hole. The black hole shoots jets of particles through the star at nearly the speed of light and astronomers believe they create the gamma-ray bursts.
14 November 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A planet-hunting NASA spacecraft has detected no sign of moon-size black holes yet in the Milky Way galaxy, limiting the chances that such objects could make up most of the "dark matter" that has mystified scientists for decades.
13 November 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists found evidence of nickel and iron in the superfast jets emitted by a relatively small black hole, suggesting that "normal" matter plays a bigger role in these enigmatic structures than does exotic antimatter.
12 November 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The most luminous objects in the universe keep getting more mysterious. Astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar — an incredibly bright galactic core powered by a supermassive black hole — that current theory fails to predict.
30 October 2013, 09:49 AM ET
This detailed space wallpaper shows the central parts of the nearby active galaxy NGC 1433. The dim blue background image, showing the central dust lanes of this galaxy, comes from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
16 October 2013, 06:01 AM ET
An extremely powerful radio telescope in Chile peered deeply into the universe and captured an incredible sight: an ancient black hole chowing down on a massive snack.
16 October 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submilimeter Array in Chile, astronomers probed the supermassive black holes that are at the center of most galaxies, principally to analyze the molecular gas their massive gravity wells propel into powerful jets.
15 October 2013, 02:10 PM ET
Black holes may not be bald after all. In a challenge to traditional models of the universe's gravitational monsters, new research suggests black holes could be quite "hairy," with more tangled features than previously believed.
20 September 2013, 10:50 AM ET
A proposed mathematical proof that outlines the way information behaves in coded messages may have implications for black holes. The proof suggests that the radiation spit out by black holes may retain information on the dark behemoths.
09 September 2013, 10:08 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows an optical color image of galaxies overlaid with X-ray data (magenta) from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
30 August 2013, 06:20 AM ET
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have glimpsed a monster black hole disgorging a high-speed, spiraling jet of superheated plasma that looks like a slinky stretching and reforming in outer space.
29 August 2013, 02:34 PM ET
Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes combined data to produce these views of Sagittarius A*. Less than 1% of the hot gas around this black hole will actually 'fall' into it.