12 billion years of black hole history revealed by X-rays and simulations

The history of the black hearts of galaxies is almost completely told for the first time, when astronomers combined X-ray observations with detailed supercomputer models to record the growth of galaxies. supermassive black holes more than 12 billion years of cosmic history. The scientists have shown that the black hole forms the core of our … Read more

Do stars disappear into their own black holes? A bizarre binary system says ‘yes’

Scientists have found strong evidence that some massive stars end their existence with a whimper, not a bang, and sink into one black hole of their own making without the light and fury of one supernova. To understand why this is important, we need to start with a crash course in stellar evolution. Stars generate … Read more

The swirling spacetime and destroyed stars help reveal how fast supermassive black holes spin

The ‘wobbly’ remains of a star that died a gruesome death in the maw of a supermassive black hole have helped reveal the speed at which its cosmic predator spins. Supermassive black holes are believed to form from successive mergers of smaller black holes, each of which brings with it an angular momentum that accelerates … Read more

Again, Einstein! Scientists discover where matter ‘falls’ into black holes

Scientists have confirmed for the first time that the fabric of spacetime takes a “final plunge” at the edge of a black hole. The observation of this crashing region around black holes was made by astrophysicists at Oxford University Physics, and helps validate a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 theory of gravity: general relativity. … Read more

Scientists use XRISM spacecraft to predict the fate of matter surrounding a supermassive black hole

Black Hole Week is in full swing right now, and to celebrate, NASA has released stunning observations of the heart of a distant spiral galaxy – as well as the gigantic supermassive black hole that resides at that heart. The observations were conducted by the X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM), led by the Japan … Read more

Fall into a black hole in stunning NASA animation (video)

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you were unlucky enough to fall into a black hole, NASA has the answer. A visualization created on a NASA supercomputer to celebrate the start of black hole week on Monday (May 6) takes viewers on a one-way journey beyond a black hole’s event horizon. This outer … Read more

Scientists use AI to reconstruct energetic bursts from the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to construct a three-dimensional model of an energetic outburst, or outburst, that occurred around the Milky Way’s central black hole, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). This 3D model could help scientists get a clearer picture of the tumultuous environment that forms around supermassive black holes in general. The material swirling around … Read more

Record breaker! The Milky Way’s most monstrous black hole is a sleeping giant lurking close to Earth

The Milky Way has a large newly discovered black hole, and it’s lurking close to Earth! This sleeping giant was discovered with the European space telescope Gaia, which tracks the movement of billions of stars in our Milky Way. Stellar-mass black holes form when a large star runs out of fuel and collapses. The new … Read more