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.
10 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Physics cannot describe what happens inside a black hole. There, current theories break down, and general relativity collides with quantum mechanics, creating what's called a singularity, or a point where the equations spit out infinities.
08 July 2013, 06:30 PM ET
An ambitious project aims to image the close environs of a black hole for the first time.
08 July 2013, 09:40 AM ET
A look at these weird, light-gobbling cosmic monsters.
01 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
After 10 years in orbit, NASA's GALEX mission is now over. The Galaxy Evolution Explorer mission began in 2003 and officially shut down in 2013.
20 June 2013, 06:00 AM ET
New observation's by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope shows that the black hole in the center of galaxy NGC 3738 not only has a doughnut shape dust cloud around it, but also has dust at its polar regions.
20 June 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Dust around a supermassive black hole has been blown away from where astronomers expected to find it.
17 June 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The origins of a black hole's x-rays lie in its gaseous disk.
14 June 2013, 05:04 PM ET
Huge black holes could explain brightest objects in the universe.
12 June 2013, 07:22 PM ET
Andromeda has more known black holes than any galaxy besides the Milky Way.
06 June 2013, 04:35 PM ET
These pioneers may have served as seeds for the supermassive black holes at the hearts of galaxies today.
30 May 2013, 10:45 AM ET
A stunning composite image of a galaxy 850 million light years away shows a black hole emanating two powerful jets.
29 May 2013, 07:00 AM ET
If time is real, the laws of nature may evolve over time, Smolin says.
25 April 2013, 09:09 AM ET
The heat from newborn stars creates a halo of gas around its parent galaxy. When a distant galaxy's black hole-powered light is absorbed by the gas, the Hubble Space Telescope's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) can detect it.
09 April 2013, 03:31 PM ET
Astronomers have caught a black hole snacking on what may be a free-flying giant planet.
02 April 2013, 09:26 AM ET
Astronomers have detected a black hole consuming the outer layers of a brown dwarf or a giant planet. Observations of galaxy NGC 4845 by ESA's Integral Space Observatory and XMM-Newton revealed an x-ray flare consistent with black hole activity.
20 March 2013, 10:29 AM ET
Astronomers have spotted a star in our galaxy that races around a black hole at a breakneck speed, orbiting once every 2.4 hours.
19 March 2013, 11:20 AM ET
Europe’s XMM-Newton space telescope has helped to identify a star and a black hole that orbit each other at the dizzying rate of once every 2.4 hours, smashing the previous record by nearly an hour.
15 March 2013, 04:30 PM ET
Schmidt discusses quasars, their impact on astronomy and the anniversary of his seminal find.
13 March 2013, 02:02 PM ET
Astronomers still lack a basic understanding of how these incredibly bright objects work.
06 March 2013, 11:55 AM ET
The Milky Way's central black hole is in for a tasty treat.
28 February 2013, 02:02 PM ET
An unusual vertical column hides the black hole in an X-ray binary system with a rare orientation.
27 February 2013, 01:05 PM ET
The discovery could help astronomers better understand how these behemoths grow.
27 February 2013, 06:21 AM ET
The findings are based on observations made by the NuSTAR and XMM-Newton space telescopes.
25 February 2013, 12:03 AM ET
This space wallpaper from ESO’s VISTA telescope reveals a celestial landscape of vast, glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357 in a new light.
24 February 2013, 11:28 PM ET
This artist’s impression shows the material ejected from the region around the supermassive black hole in the quasar SDSS J1106+1939 in this cool space wallpaper.
15 February 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The warped leftovers of an exploded star could be hiding what is possibly the youngest black hole in our galaxy.
12 February 2013, 07:01 PM ET
Giant black holes are famous for their appetites, but these matter-munching monsters are even greedier than scientists had thought.
06 February 2013, 11:01 AM ET
This gorgeous pink galaxy hides a gorging black hole.
30 January 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Swirling gas around black holes provides the key.
29 January 2013, 10:33 AM ET
When a super-massive star dies, it's corpse collapses into a knot so tight not even light can escape. And this drain on the fabric of the Universe can alter the shape of space and shift the flow of time. World-recognized experts explain.
18 January 2013, 05:12 PM ET
Black holes are strange regions where gravity is strong enough to bend light, warp space and distort time.
18 January 2013, 12:30 PM ET
Using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, scientists have imaged a 20,000-year-old supernova remnant that resembles a manatee. The gas clouds have been pushed outward by a microquasar deep within the nebula.