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ULAS J1120-0641: A supermassive black hole in the constellation Leo.

ULAS J1120-0641A quasar near the edge of the observable universe is shedding some light on how supermassive black holes are born. ULAS J1120-0641 was discovered in an infrared sky survey in 2010. Astronomers then used the Gemini North telescope and the Very Large Telescope to study the system in detail. They found that we are seeing the system as it looked 13 billion years ago, less than 800 million years aft... More »


Lonely Giant

One of the most massive black holes yet discovered -- a behemoth weighing about 17 billion times as much as the Sun -- is in the center of a galaxy that's a member of a small galaxy cluster Space Telescope Science Institute - April 4, 2016

Stretching Out

A giant gas cloud is being ripped apart as it loops around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy European Southern Observatory - June 25, 2014

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Video: Stranger Than Fiction

VideoThe concept of black holes has intrigued scientists for hundreds of years. For an introduction to the topic, watch "Black Holes: Stranger than Fiction," the latest video from the Texas Cosmology Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Pop Culture

Check out our selection of some of the best — and worst — roles played by black holes in movies, TV shows, books, and music. More »


The Hole Story

Black holes are one of the busiest research topics in all of astronomy. Learn more about this cutting-edge research and get a peek at the backgrounds of some of the world's top black-hole researchers. More »

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