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.
29 August 2013, 02:00 PM ET
The Milky Way's giant black hole turns out to be a messy eater. Of all the gas that falls toward it, 99 percent gets spewed back out into space, new observations show.
28 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The third of the seven primary mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope was cast Saturday at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. The 20-ton mirror was formed by melting chunks of borosilicate glass in a rotating furnace at 2,140 de
27 August 2013, 04:00 PM ET
The third of the seven primary mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope was cast Saturday at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. The 20-ton mirror was formed by melting chunks of borosilicate glass in a rotating furnace.
23 August 2013, 01:00 PM ET
An enormous mirror will be cast inside a scorching-hot furnace Saturday (Aug. 24), marking a key milestone in the development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will collect more light than any instrument built to date.
22 August 2013, 01:43 PM ET
At the center of elliptical galaxy M87, a supermassive black hole spews a high-speed jet of hot plasma. This Hubble Space Telescope time-lapse movie captures the movement of the jet over 13 years.
21 August 2013, 04:18 PM ET
Launched in 2008, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given scientists the ability to explore high-energy processes associated with a number of cosmic phenomena: black holes, solar flares, rapidly spinning neutron stars, & super nova remnants.
14 August 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Zoom in on the pulsar PSR J1745-2900 that has helped astronomers discover a powerful magnetic field around the monster black hole Sagittarius A* at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.
03 August 2013, 02:48 PM ET
See photos and images depicting a powerful kilonova gamma-ray burst as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in June and July of 2013. Kilonovas are 1,000 times more powerful than average star explosions, called novas.
03 August 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Monstrous collisions involving black holes and ultradense neutron stars may explain the briefest of the most powerful explosions in the universe. The discovery could shed light on the origin of heavy elements such as gold and platinum.
29 July 2013, 07:01 PM ET
A newly discovered way to determine the spin of supermassive black holes could help shed light on the evolution of these bizarre objects and the galaxies they anchor. Astronomers used a European spacecraft to estimate one black hole's rotation rate.
29 July 2013, 09:53 AM ET
This fascinating space wallpaper shows a simulation of a gas cloud passing close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy in mid-2013.
25 July 2013, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have uncovered a new key to understanding the strange workings of neutron stars — objects so dense they pack the mass of multiple suns into a space smaller than a city.
24 July 2013, 10:45 AM ET
This rare space wallpaper taken on July 19 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
18 July 2013, 10:14 AM ET
New observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope show for the first time a gas cloud being ripped apart by the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, as seen in this space wallpaper.
17 July 2013, 10:29 AM ET
Astronomers have spied a huge gas cloud being pulled like taffy around the supermassive black hole at the core of the Milky Way. Their observations suggest the space cloud will be completely ripped apart over the next year.
17 July 2013, 10:28 AM ET
See images of new observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope showing a gas cloud ripped apart by the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.