black holes

Astronomers Discover Mysterious Black Hole As Massive As 12 Billion Suns

In a galaxy far, far away — 12.8 billion light-years away to be more exact — is a newly-discovered supermassive black hole that weighs as much as 12 billion of our suns. The most surprising thing about the black hole, though, is not its size but its age.


Black Hole Emits Ferocious Winds With The Energy Of A Trillion Suns

A black hole and its galaxy are locked in a cosmic struggle, evolving in tandem and balancing each other’s growth. In this artist’s recreation, you can see cosmic winds howling out of supermassive black hole PDS 456. These winds are so strong that they prevent the galaxy from forming new stars.


The Original Black Hole For Interstellar Was Too Confusing

One of the many reasons why Interstellar was such a wonderful movie was that it used genuine scientific equations to show what happens in the vicinity of a black hole. But, just like the actors in front of the camera, it seems the black hole also got a little make up to make it more presentable for the big screen.


Stephen Hawking On Space Colonisation, Villainy, And Predictive Text 

The fictional version of Stephen Hawking is getting a lot of attention thanks to the biopic The Theory of Everything. But real-life Stephen Hawking is far more badass than his big-screen counterpart. He’s also up for discussing his theories on pretty much everything, as Wired’s recent interview shows.


Here Are Two Galaxies With Supermassive Black Hole Hearts Colliding

Hey there, human, want to feel some awe? Look at this newly released NASA image set of two galaxies, each with a supermassive black hole at its heart, colliding in a violent spiral of star stuff. Space is awesome, and thanks to improved telescope technology, we’re seeing more and more of it every day.


All The Best Images From NASA's Black Hole Friday

In a proud and noble tradition stretching back a whole two years, NASA did Black Hole Friday last week, rather than just flogging a few Apollo mini-figs for 25 per cent off. We got science, we got knowledge and of course, a bunch of jaw-dropping images of black holes. Here are the best.


Watch What Would Happen If Two Black Holes Collided In The Milky Way

If you’ve ever wondered what the end of the Milky Way might look like, then perhaps it’s a little like this. You’re looking at a simulation of what would happen to our galaxy if two black holes somehow collided within it.


Rebuilding The Black Hole From Interstellar With DIY Effects

The black hole from Interstellar is the product of millions of dollars of movie magic, but maybe it didn’t have to be. DIY effects extraordinaire Joey Shanks of Shanks FX made a pretty good poor man’s version with just some sparkers and Photoshop. Spoilers, sort of.


Take A Sneak Peek Behind The Science Of Interstellar

Wired just published a meaty feature on Kip Thorne and the science behind Interstellar. Thorne, one of the world’s most celebrated theoretical physicists, worked with director Christopher Nolan to ensure that depictions of things like black holes and wormholes would be accurate in the film. And also spectacular.


Scientists Think A Wormhole May Be In The Centre Of Our Galaxy

If Zilong Li and Cosimo Bambi of the Fudan University in Shanghai are correct, what we thought was a massive black hole in the centre of our galaxy could be a wormhole that would allow instantaneous travel between two points in space and time. In fact, it may be the gateway to a different universe.