05 January 2011, 09:34 AM ET
For years, scientists thought that huge black holes needed to gorge on matter from colliding galaxies. But that may not be, a new study finds.
29 December 2010, 12:27 PM ET
The first rapid growth spurt of the universe's most massive black holes occurred much earlier than astronomers previously thought, and are still growing fast, a new study finds.
22 December 2010, 03:28 PM ET
SPACE.com chatted with Chris Impey, author of the book "How It Ends: From You to the Universe" about what the future holds in store, and whether we should fear it.
21 December 2010, 03:34 PM ET
A new array of radio telescopes has captured its first image, showing a huge jet blasting away from a galaxy with a powerful black hole at its heart.
13 December 2010, 05:57 PM ET
Scientists have simulated the merger of a David black hole with a Goliath. Big surprise: Goliath wins.
25 November 2010, 03:24 AM ET
A baby star has been found spewing cosmic jets at nearly the speed of light.
22 November 2010, 07:35 AM ET
Sometimes gamma-ray bursts leave behind a black hole, and other times a spinning neutron star.
15 November 2010, 01:46 PM ET
Astronomers have found evidence for what may be the youngest nearby black hole ever seen.
09 November 2010, 02:05 PM ET
The bar-shaped formations found near the center of many spiral galaxies — including our own Milky Way — may help kill the galaxies off, a new study suggests.
09 November 2010, 10:39 AM ET
Scientists have recently discovered a gigantic, mysterious structure in our galaxy - a pair of enormous gamma-ray emitting bubbles that may have been caused by an eruption from a super-sized black hole.
03 November 2010, 02:51 PM ET
The young universe spiked a fever 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, warming up as huge black holes poured out massive amounts of energy, a new study suggests.
20 October 2010, 01:04 PM ET
Scientists have a new origins story for a massive black hole that spews X-rays as it orbits an even larger companion star.
14 October 2010, 01:59 PM ET
A giant star in a faraway galaxy recently ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang.
12 October 2010, 05:29 PM ET
Physicists are hot on the trail of one of strangest theorized structures in the universe.
30 September 2010, 11:08 AM ET
Italian physicists in have created a miniature environment that mimics the conditions of a black hole.
15 September 2010, 07:35 PM ET
A stunning photo shows a telescope in Chile blasting a bright orange laser into the sky, creating a virtual star in the heart of the Milky Way.
06 September 2010, 09:40 AM ET
New images capture a galactic "super-volcano" in the massive galaxy M87 is erupting and blasting gas outwards.
25 August 2010, 01:13 PM ET
The origin of monster black holes at the hearts of galaxies may have begun in galaxy collisions during the earliest period of universe.
19 August 2010, 02:05 PM ET
When galaxies collide, the merger between the supermassive black holes at their hearts could create super-powerful jets of radiation, a new study suggests.
18 August 2010, 11:36 AM ET
A magnetized neutron star formed from a progenitor so massive, it should have been a black hole.
27 July 2010, 10:07 AM ET
A giant black hole spouting energy from inside a galaxy is acting like a cosmic magnifying glass, giving astronomers a clear view of an even more distant galaxy behind it.
21 July 2010, 05:50 PM ET
The discovery of a giant, spinning black hole that was shoved around twice, causing its axis to point in a different direction from before, has led astronomers to believe that a violent collision between two galaxies was the likely cause of such strange c
20 July 2010, 08:09 AM ET
Why certain stars explode in supernovas is a mystery to scientists, and a new study found that the situation is even murkier than thought because some of the light from these stars may be blocked.
08 July 2010, 04:35 PM ET
A black hole has been spotted recoiling from a mysterious slingshot effect, possibly from encounters with several other black holes, a new study has found.
07 July 2010, 01:02 PM ET
A stellar black hole that releases a prodigious amount of energy from the most powerful pair of jets ever seen from such a cosmic object was recently discovered. But, the real surprise is what is created by those jets.
21 June 2010, 08:10 AM ET
Enormous black holes, some of the most powerful sources of radiation in the universe, apparently switch on after galaxies collide.
18 June 2010, 12:11 PM ET
Scientists watched matter falling into a black hole for the first time.
02 June 2010, 12:02 PM ET
Most black holes spin in the same direction as their surrounding disc of debris. However, for the rare black hole that spins in the opposite direction, that deviance may produce the more powerful jets of radiation than seen in regular black holes.
27 May 2010, 08:53 AM ET
NASA's Swift satellite X-ray survey has revealed new supermassive black holes that confirm theoretical ideas about how black hole activity is triggered.
25 May 2010, 02:46 PM ET
Two new studies on black holes have turned up some surprising results about the mysterious gravity sinks that reside within galaxies, helping astronomers understand more about supermassive black holes and the formation of galaxies.
11 May 2010, 02:21 PM ET
A monster black hole has been flung from its home galaxy and is careening through space, according to a new study.
04 May 2010, 08:50 AM ET
Black holes might kill entire galaxies with blazing energy, dooming embryonic stars before they can get born.
03 May 2010, 07:48 AM ET
A pair of rare medium-sized black holes was spotted near the center of a nearby galaxy, but for some reason they haven't been swallowed up by the supermassive black hole lurking there.
27 April 2010, 08:08 AM ET
Our universe might have originated from a black hole that lies within another universe.
21 April 2010, 09:48 AM ET
NASA's Swift satellite detected its 500th gamma-ray burst on April 13, in an explosion in the Cassiopeia constellation.
25 March 2010, 02:06 PM ET
When two massive galaxies collide, they may form quasars, which are regions around giant black holes where matter is gobbled up and light is flung back into space.