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Astronomers Spot A Massive Black Hole That's Gone Rogue

Using the Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found evidence of a “wandering” black hole on the outskirts of a distant galaxy. It’s too far away to cause us any trouble, but the discovery of this homeless ball of gravitational despair affirms a long standing theory about the existence of such objects.

We're One Step Closer To Proving Stephen Hawking Was Right That Black Holes Evaporate

In the 1970s, Stephen Hawking made an audacious prediction that black holes aren’t totally black; they evaporate over time, emitting tiny amounts of radiation in the process. Now Israeli physicists have reported the strongest evidence to date that Hawking was right in a new paper in Nature Physics.

The Horrifying Way You Might Escape A Black Hole

Black holes: Crushing vortexes of darkness that promise to shred each and every atom in your body to oblivion, right? Maybe not. New theoretical work by researchers at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics hints that it might be possible to escape the journey into a black hole with all of your cells intact. The bad news is, you’d probably still die… and you’d wind up in another universe.

How Black Holes Can Kill Us From Light Years Away

The Earth isn’t particularly close to any black holes — the closest candidate, A0620-00, is around 2800 light years away — so good on us for picking a nice cosmic neighbourhood to live in. But besides the whole “nothing escapes from them” thing and the hugely destructive supernova preceding their birth, black holes are bad news. They could end life as we know it, even from far away.

This Is The Last Thing Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite Saw Before It Died

Earlier this year, Japan launched a groundbreaking black-hole-monitoring satellite — only to lose control of it almost immediately under strange circumstances. Now, we finally can see what Hitomi did right before it died.

Researchers Just Answered One Of The Big Questions About How Black Holes Form

Among the (many) mysteries surrounding the gigantic black holes that live at the centre of galaxies is just how they managed to get so big, so fast. Finally, scientists have come up with an explanation for their improbably large existence.

A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In The Same Direction

Something strange is going on in a distant corner of our universe. About a dozen supermassive black holes are all shooting enormous jets of energy in roughly the same direction. It could be a cosmic coincidence — but some astronomers suspect there are larger forces at play.

Something Very Strange Is Happening With This Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers have just discovered one of the biggest black holes ever. Even more surprising, though, is where they found it — and the strange reason it got so big.

That Mysterious Radio Burst From Space Isn't So Mysterious After All

Two months ago, astronomers picked up and then pinpointed the location of a weird burst of radio waves from space, prompting heated debate about the possible source of the signals. Now, new data has finally revealed that source — and it’s not such a big mystery after all. Move along, nothing to see here: Just a star-gobbling supermassive black hole burping out some excess radio waves.

Black Hole Blues Gives A Ringside Seat To Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

When the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves, it was the culmination of 50 long years of hard work and perseverance in the face of scepticism. In her new book, Black Hole Blues, and Other Songs from Outer Space, astrophysicist Janna Levin gives us a ringside seat to how it all went down. Gizmodo sat down with Levin to learn more.

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