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

Black Holes

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.

Artist's impression of AGN

Black Holes

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

Galaxies

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.

Black Holes

“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.

bright dot with stream with bright edges and mostly empty interior shooting out from it, with a zoom on the bright dot showing it's a ring

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

First Image of Black Hole Shadow and Jet Together

For the first time, astronomers have seen how the big plasma jet shot out by a supermassive black hole connects to the material falling into the black hole.

A pair of bright AGN couple at the center of two merged galaxies

Black Holes

Massive Black Hole Duo Spotted at Cosmic Noon

The most distant pair of supermassive black holes discovered offers a unique insight into how galaxies merge.

X7 spaghettifying

Milky Way

Watch the Milky Way’s Black Hole Spaghettify a Cloud

Two decades of observations show a dusty gas cloud elongating as it approaches our galaxy's supermassive black hole.

Runaway black hole (art)

Black Holes

Have Scientists Found a Rogue Supermassive Black Hole?

An unusual stellar streak emerging from a distant galaxy might be a sign of a runaway supermassive black hole, scientists suggest.

Image of Milky Way's black hole shows golden ring with three spots in it

Black Holes

Searching for the Seeds of Supermassive Black Holes

The seeds of supermassive black holes could show up in an upcoming sky survey with JWST.

supercomputer simulation shows gas flows in multiple colors

Black Holes

Where Did the First Quasars Come From?

New research shows how black holes with tens of thousands of Suns' worth of mass can form in the universe's early years.

diffuse glow surrounding a bright core

The Black Hole Files with Camille Carlisle

Monstrous Black Holes Spin More Slowly — But Why?

X-ray observations add to growing evidence that the most massive black holes have a different past than their lightweight peers.

Supermassive black hole binary animation

Black Holes

These Two Black Hole Behemoths Will Merge in 10,000 Years

Astronomers have discovered a pair of supermassive black holes that whirl around each other every two years.

Artist's impression of AGN

Galaxies

Supermassive Black Hole Hides Behind a Ring of Dust

A high-resolution infrared image has revealed a dust screen obscuring a gas-devouring supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy NGC 1068, confirming 30-year-old predictions.

An artist's impression of the dramatic outflows from an active galaxy’s nucleus.

Galaxies

Dwarf Galaxies Shed Light on Black Hole Origins

Astronomers are searching nearby dwarf galaxies for the ancient origins of supermassive black holes.

Leo I dwarf galaxy

Black Holes

Tiny Galaxy’s Giant Black Hole Throws Astronomers for a Loop

A satellite galaxy dwarfed by the Milky Way has a black hole nearly as massive as the one at the center of our galaxy.

Image of two bright galaxy cores

Black Holes

Nearest Supermassive Black Hole Pair Discovered

Astronomers have observed a pair of supermassive black holes set to collide in 250 million years.

Black hole-powered mushroom cloud in space

Exoplanets

Astronomy in Pictures: Black Holes, Baby Stars, and Magnetic "Tunnels"

Astronomers witness the unfurling of a black hole-powered mushroom cloud, a baby super-Jupiter, and a magnetic "tunnel" around the solar system.

M13

Stellar Science

60-second Astro News: White Dwarfs Still Burn, Black Holes Merge

This week in astronomy news, we learn that some white dwarfs still burn and image X-rays from black holes almost 12 billion light-years away.

Zoomed-in view of barred spiral galaxy NGC 4921

Galaxies

Watch Black Holes Grow, Galaxies Fall

Watch black holes grow and galaxies fall — astro photos and visualizations to get you through the week.

Black hole accretion disk

Black Holes

How Black Holes Eat Reveals Their Mass

No one knows why quasars flicker — but astronomers are using these wavering beacons to "weigh" the black holes that power them.