black holes

  • More gravitational waves detected than ever before

    Signals from cosmic collisions hint at the life and death of stars.

    Somewhere out there in the universe, neutron stars and black holes regularly collide, causing cosmic ripples in space...

    Astrophysics November 8, 2021
  • A new view of distant galaxies

    The imminent launch of the James Webb space telescope promises clearer images – and deeper unders...

    Growing up under the clear night skies of the state of Georgia, in the south-east of the United States, I remember ly...

    Astrophysics October 22, 2021
  • Black holes belch out intergalactic smoke

    Bubbles, rings and filaments formed over hundreds of millions of years.

    Astronomers have just watched the evolution of streamers of gas around an active black hole – and they look a bit lik...

    Astrophysics October 19, 2021
  • Black holes exert ‘quantum pressure’ on their environment

    Shedding new light on the true quantum nature of black holes.

    Black holes aren’t as single-minded as we thought. It turns out their quantum behaviour adds a new, recalcitrant dime...

    Astrophysics September 15, 2021
  • Beyond black holes

    The detection of gravitational waves has opened the door to a new realm of cosmological discovery.

    I have a very clear memory of the moment I knew I wanted to become a scientist – it was when Neil Armstrong stood on ...

    Astrophysics September 3, 2021
  • When gravitational waves and dark matter collide

    A world-first detector in WA has spotted weird, unexplained signals that could be gravitational w...

    It’s hard to resist any physics story that starts with Albert Einstein. More than a century ago – in 1916, to be prec...

    Core Sciences August 27, 2021
  • Black hole gulps down neutron star

    Gravitational-wave astronomers finally spot a black hole consuming a neutron star.

    For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves from a black hole swallowing a neutron star – and no...

    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • Really big black holes

    What are some of the largest known black holes in our universe?

    Dying stars can form black holes up to five times larger than once thought possible, scientists have discovered. B...

    Astrophysics June 9, 2021
  • Astronomers find ‘Goldilocks’ black hole

    Early black holes may seed their more massive cousins.

    Last year, scientists used gravitational waves to detect an elusive intermediate-mass black hole for the first time. ...

    Astrophysics March 30, 2021
  • Magnetic fields mapped around black hole

    World-spanning telescope gives new view of supermassive black hole.

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has just snapped a new image of the massive object lurking at the centre of the Mes...

    Astronomy March 25, 2021
  • More massive, more problems

    Heavy black hole may change astronomers’ understanding of their formation.

    The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than we thought, according to an international team of astronome...

    Astronomy February 19, 2021
  • Black holes merge to create something huge

    The most massive ever observed with gravitational waves.

    Astronomers from the international LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration have reported their biggest catch yet – a ...

    Astronomy September 3, 2020
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