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Newest Black Hole

NGC 1365: A supermassive black hole in the constellation Fornax.

NGC 1365Although the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy NGC 1365 is relatively small, it has a big effect on the space around it. The black hole is spinning at close to the speed of light, dragging the surrounding space with it, creating a powerful spacetime vortex. Astronomers have measured the spin with greater accuracy than for any other black hole yet discovered. In July 2012, t... More »


Jetting Away from a Black Hole

Astronomers watch a powerful jet of particles develop after a black hole demolished and began ingesting a star that passed too close Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden - July 6, 2016

Massive Collapse

Astronomers have discovered evidence that gas in the universe collapsed to form a supermassive black hole University of Texas at Austin - July 6, 2016

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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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