black holes

The Various Ways To Die Inside A Black Hole

Falling into a black hole never sounded like fun. How could it? Black holes are the darkest places in the universe, where not even light can escape the singularity’s immense gravitational pull. It wouldn’t be fun. But what, exactly, would happen?

No, Stephen Hawking Did Not Say Black Holes Don't Exist

You’ve probably seen plenty of headlines this week proclaiming “Stephen Hawking Says Black Holes Don’t Exist” and heard people who read those headlines chattering excitedly about this seemingly huge shift in astrophysics. But as PopMech wisely points out, that’s not an accurate summary of what Hawking actually said.

Supermassive Black Hole 'Indigestion' Is Super Gorgeous

On the other side of the universe, a supermassive black hole is devouring enormous quantities of matter and spewing material in a jet that’s 150 light-years long. One scientist identifies the situation as “black hole indigestion”, and boy is it pretty.

These Stars May Look Mellow But They're Resisting A Huge Black Hole

Nothing is ever as tranquil as it seems. This image is pretty and has lots of fun, trippy colours. But all of that variation is being produced by gas, dust and other matter as whole galaxies fall into a supermassive black hole. Created from Hubble data, the image shows the cosmic tug-of-war going on in the Perseus Cluster of Galaxies 230 million light years away.

Watch A Massive Black Hole Snack On A Planet

Over 47 million light years away, in a galaxy called NGC 4845, there’s one hungry black hole. In fact, scientists have watched in awe as, soon after it stirred from dormancy, it chomped away at a planet 30 times the mass of Jupiter.

NASA Puts New Spin On Black Holes

Scientists in the US have successfully used a new NASA telescope to help improve our understanding of how black holes and galaxies evolve. Using data taken by the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray satellite, scientists were able to measure the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our Sun.

This Black Hole Spins At (Almost) The Speed Of Light

NASA and the ESA have teamed up to measure how fast a black hole, that weighs two million times more than our sun, spins — and the result’s mind boggling.

Scientists Might Have Captured The Birth Of A Black Hole

This stunningly trippy object is W49B, a supernova remnant 26,000 light-years away from Earth. It’s just a 1000 years old, which in cosmological terms is not even a heartbeat in the life of a human. It may also be the birth place of a newborn black hole, the youngest ever detected in the galaxy.

The Biggest Ever Black Hole Weighs 17 Billion Times More Than The Sun

Every spiral galaxy has a supermassive black hole at its centre, so they’re no big deal, right? Wrong: scientists have just discovered the biggest ever black hole, which weighs 17 billion times as much as our sun — and it throws previous thinking about the evolution of our universe into question.

Our Galaxy's Black Hole Is Getting Angry

The black hole at the centre of our galaxy isn’t happy. In fact, it’s spitting out its biggest X-ray flares ever, which are a hundred times more powerful than anything it’s ever produced before.