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The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Scientists Predict Countless Rings of Light Encircle Black Holes

Detailed calculations reveal a surprise about how black holes bend light around themselves, opening a new possibility for future observations.

Insight lander on Mars

Spacecraft and Space Missions

NASA’s Insight Detects Many Marsquakes on the Red Planet

Persistent tremors on Mars suggest the planet’s interior is cooling and hint that there might be a pocket of magma beneath the surface.

Milky Way

Nearby Stellar Nurseries Ride a Giant Wave

Astronomers have found a gigantic, undulating wave of stellar nurseries in our galaxy, just outside the Sun’s orbit in the spiral disk.

Globular cluster NGC 4147

Exoplanets

60-Second Astro News: Planets in Tight Quarters & Kuiper Belt Forays

Astronomers have calculated the loss of planets around stars in globular clusters, and New Horizons returns observations of worlds in the outer solar system.

Milky Way

Baby Stars Found in Ancient Part of Our Galaxy

Ground- and space-based observations have revealed a group of stars at the head of the giant stream of gas burrowing its way through the Milky Way.

Dwarf Galaxy

Galaxies

More Big Black Holes Found in Small Galaxies

In the quest to discover how massive black holes form, astronomers have spotted several of these objects in some of the smallest galaxies yet found to host them.

bennu activity

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Asteroid Bennu’s Activity Still a Mystery

The near-Earth asteroid constantly shoots out rocks, leaving planetary scientists perplexed.

Milky Way

Bubbles, Heated Clouds Point to Active Past for Galactic Center

Two studies support the suspicion that our galaxy’s black hole had one or more outbursts a few million years ago.

Illustration of black hole merger

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

More Black Hole Mergers Found in LIGO Data

Analysis by an independent team has ferreted out seven candidates for gravitational-wave events from merging black holes.

Black Holes

Video: Black Hole Warps Light

The hypnotizing effect of a black hole on its surroundings appears to dramatic effect in this simulation.

Dust devil on Earth

Solar System

Video: Chasing Dust Devils

Scientists are flying instrument-laden drones through whirlwinds on Earth to better understand their counterparts on other worlds in the solar system.

Illustration of black holes merging

Black Holes

60-Second Astro News: Black Hole Hubbub

The Milky Way's black hole' flares unexpectedly, a distant black hole gets the hiccups, and a reanalysis of LIGO data shows the first detection of black hole "ringdown."

warped galaxy disk

Milky Way

Warped Milky Way in 3D

Astronomers have used pulsating stars to trace the crooked shape of our galaxy’s disk.

star in gravitational well

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Galactic Center Gravity Test Confirmed

A second team of astronomers has now confirmed the light from a star passing near our galaxy’s central black hole behaved as predicted by Einstein’s theory of gravity.

Event Horizon Telescope 2017

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

How Does the Event Horizon Telescope Work?

The Event Horizon Telescope creates the image of a black hole shadow thanks to the precise coordination of a worldwide telescope network. Here’s how they do it.

shadow image of M87

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Scientists Unveil First Black Hole Image

The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration has reconstructed the shadow of a supermassive black hole.

primordial black hole illo

Black Holes

Could Dark Matter Be Black Holes?

Astronomers are reconsidering primordial black holes as an answer to the invisible matter mystery, but recent observations disfavor at least some sizes of black hole.

Pan

Solar System

Saturn's Rings Built Up Its Tiny, Close-in Moons

A new study of observations from NASA's Cassini sheds light on the tiny moons that orbit within Saturn's vast ring system.

'Oumuamua

Solar System

‘Oumuamua "Sped Up" in the Inner Solar System. This Might Be Why.

Astronomers think a jet-powered rocking motion could solve the puzzle.

Sgr A*

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Piercing the Veil of Our Black Hole

Astronomers have overcome the interference of clumpy interstellar gas to catch a glimpse of the gas around the Milky Way’s central black hole.

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