black holes

tech-science

Scientists Are 99% Sure They Just Detected a Black Hole Eating a Neutron Star

“If it turns out to be right, then we’ve confirmed a new type of star system. It’s that fundamental.”
Becky Ferreira
8.19.19
tech-science

Our Galaxy's Black Hole Suddenly Lit Up and Nobody Knows Why

In May, the supermassive black hole at the core of the Milky Way became 75 times brighter in just two hours.
Becky Ferreira
8.13.19
Science

This Tabletop Gravitational Wave Detector Could Shed Light on Dark Matter

LIGO, the observatory that detected the first gravitational wave, stretches for miles. The Levitated Sensor Detector would fit in your living room.
Becky Ferreira
7.17.19
tech-science

Here’s How Scientists Plan to Watch Supermassive Black Hole Collisions

“When these objects merge, there is more energy produced than the rest of the universe put together.”
Becky Ferreira
5.24.19
black holes

This Black Hole Is Wildly Ejecting Plasma Jets as It Eats a Star

"This is one of the most extraordinary black hole systems I've ever come across.”
Becky Ferreira
4.29.19
black holes

New Supercomputer Simulations Show How Plasma Jets Escape Black Holes

Black holes swallow everything that comes in contact with them, so how do plasma jets manage to escape their intense gravity?
Daniel Oberhaus
1.30.19
Motherboard

Astronomers May Have Seen a Star Turn Into a Black Hole for the First Time

Last year astronomers witnessed an explosion like no other. Now astronomers are debating if what they witnessed was the exact moment a star became a black hole.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.11.19
Motherboard

Astronomers Discover a Supermassive Black Hole Rotating At Half the Speed of Light

The astronomers took advantage of a fortuitous discovery to measure the rotation of a supermassive black hole with unprecedented accuracy.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.10.19
Motherboard

Astronomers Find Strong Evidence There is a Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers watched as gas approached 30 percent the speed of light during the most detailed observation ever made of material orbiting so close to a black hole.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.31.18
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking’s Last Paper Is Now Online

The black hole information paradox fascinated Hawking for decades, and is the topic of his final research study.
Becky Ferreira
10.12.18
Dark Matter

Black Holes Can’t Account for Missing Dark Matter in the Universe

A statistical analysis of 740 supernovas found that black holes can only account for 40 percent of dark matter in the universe, putting another nail in the coffin for the MACHOs theory of dark matter.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.3.18
gravity

Gravitational Waves Show No Evidence of Extra Dimensions

Observing the light from neutron stars provided a baseline to measure the effects of extra dimensions on the propagation of gravitational waves through space.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.17.18
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