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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.


Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite Just Reappeared And Nobody Knows What Happened To It 

Earlier this week something happened to make Japan’s brand new black hole satellite suddenly, mysteriously lose all contact with Earth. Now, we have video of it spinning wildly in space — and JAXA has also received a few odd, new messages.


No One Knows What Happened To Japan's Lost $US273 Million Black Hole Satellite

Last month, Japan launched a satellite it described as “essential” to unlocking the mysteries of the universe. This weekend, that $US273 ($362) million satellite mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind only an ominous trail of debris and some cryptic messages.


The Surprising Way Black Holes Are Shaping The Darkest Corners Of The Universe

The most powerful supercomputer simulation of the Universe is providing important insights into how matter is distributed across large scales. Surprisingly, a significant portion of matter resides outside of galaxies and in the cosmic voids that permeate the cosmos.


Your Questions About Gravitational Waves, Answered

Gizmodo readers asked a lot of great questions about yesterday’s big announcement on the discovery of gravitational waves. And Dr Amber Stuver of the LIGO Livingston Observatory in Louisiana is here today with some answers.


We've Found Gravitational Waves, Now What?

David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory, took the podium at the National Press Building in Washington, DC, this morning, and said the words we’ve all been waiting on tenterhooks to hear: “We have discovered gravitational waves.” And a packed auditorium in Caltech’s Cahill building in Pasadena — where people had gathered to watch the live feed — erupted into wild applause.


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