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NGC 4178: A supermassive black hole .

NGC 4178Some black holes are big and bold, making it fairly easy for astronomers to find them. Others, however, are so small and feeble that finding them takes more time, effort, and cleverness. Astronomers had thought that the core of NGC 4178, a spiral galaxy that is a member of the Virgo Cluster, was black hole free. Observations of the galaxy's infrared light, however, hinted otherwise. Follow-up w... More »

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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 - July 20, 2013

Galactic History Lesson

A supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy NGC 1365 is rotating rapidly, which reveals important details about its formation and the environment of the galaxy that surrounds it ESA - February 27, 2013

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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 »

 
Research

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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