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"Death Star" Black Holes Can Swivel Their Million Light-Year Long Plasma Beams

Heavyweight black holes sometimes topple over on their sides, according to X-ray and radio observations of the jets these black holes power.

massive white star with black hole transiting in front of it

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Did This Black Hole Form Without a Supernova?

Some massive stars may collapse completely into black holes — without the fanfare of a supernova.

Three panels are shown showing an increasingly small area of the PRIMER galaxy field. The first image shows a large field of galaxies on the black background of space. The second image shows a smaller region from this field, revealing the galaxies in closer detail, appearing in a variety of shapes and colours. The final image shows the ZS7 galaxy system, revealing the ionised hydrogen emission in orange and the doubly ionised oxygen emission in dark red.

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Webb Telescope Finds Most Distant Black Hole Merger

A new JWST study has found evidence of two galaxies colliding 740 million years after the Big Bang.

bizarre loops of light created by black hole's gravity

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Video: Plunge into a Black Hole

A new visualization from NASA takes the viewer on a one-way journey into a black hole.

black hole surrounded by a glowing orange ring

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Watch a Hotspot Orbit Our Galaxy's Black Hole

Astronomers have reconstructed a 3D video of hot gas orbiting a stone’s throw away from our galaxy’s central black hole.

orange ring of light with swirling lines

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Strong Magnetic Fields Swirl Near Milky Way’s Black Hole

Astronomers have detected twisted, orderly magnetic fields near the event horizon of Sagittarius A*.

Artist's impression of a black hole surrounded by swirling gas

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Most Luminous Quasar Hosts What Might Be Fastest-Growing Black Hole

In a new study, astronomers have identified a quasar more luminous and voracious than any found to date.

dense ball of bright pinpricks, which are stars in the globular NGC 1851

Stellar Science

Mystery Objects Uncovered in Globular Clusters

Astronomers have found two different star clusters with an enigmatic source inside. Are these objects neutron stars or black holes?

comparison of two images of an orange circle with a dark center, no labels

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

The Black Hole Shadow in M87: One Year Later

The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration has released the image from its second major campaign, confirming the existence of a persistent black hole shadow and a potentially turbulent environment.

a dark circle with a spiral galaxy inside of it and spiral arms coming off it; the right side more detailed and colorful than the left

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Black Holes in Early Universe Are Too Big

JWST observations of the universe as it was 12 to 13 billion years ago indicate that the black holes at the centers of small, early galaxies were more massive than expected.

An artist’s impression of the collision of two black holes

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Black Hole Rain

The planned LISA gravitational-wave detector might discover a shower of hundreds of small black holes falling in galactic centers.

dark hole surrounded by hot disk of swirling gas and shooting out a jet from its rotation axis

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Black Hole May Have Formed by Direct Collapse

Astronomers may have spotted a supermassive black hole in the early universe that formed when a gargantuan gas cloud imploded.

Hyades star cluster

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Does the Hyades Star Cluster Harbor Black Holes?

The nearest black holes might be hiding just around the corner, 150 light-years away in the Hyades star cluster.

Galaxy field containing distant quasar and 10 equally distant galaxies

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JWST Turns Its Eye on Supermassive Black Holes and the Galaxies That Host Them

The intrepid infrared explorer is offering astronomers a jump back in time, enabling them to see quasars at earlier times than ever before.

X-ray image of galactic center

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Milky Way's Central Black Hole Flared 200 Years Ago

A glowing molecular cloud shines today because of a 200-year-old flare let out by our galaxy’s supermassive black hole, scientists say.

Illustration of a supermassive black hole binary system

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Gravitational Waves from Supermassive Black Holes Revealed

Radio observatories across the globe have found compelling evidence for the existence of very-low-frequency gravitational waves.

Artist's impression of AGN


Even Lonely Black Holes Need to Eat

Astronomers have found supermassive black holes in smaller galaxies are actually more likely to light up when they’re isolated in vast, cosmic voids.

OJ 287 binary black hole

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Signal Found from Supermassive Duo's Second Black Hole

Astronomers have long suspected that a distant quasar harbors not one but two supermassive black holes. They've now detected OJ 287's second black hole.

The center of a globular cluster with hundreds of thousands of stars colored red white and blue

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Does This Star Cluster Host a Black Hole in Its Core?

The well-known star cluster Messier 4 might have an elusive, midsize black hole hidden at its center, but the evidence isn’t conclusive yet.

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“Rogue Black Hole” Could Be Something Much Simpler

An unusual streak of stars thought to have formed in the wake of a wandering supermassive black hole might just be a spiral galaxy seen edge-on.

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