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XTE J1859-226: A stellar mass black hole in the constellation Vulpecula.

XTE J1859-226On October 9, 1999, the orbiting Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) spacecraft detected a bright burst of X-rays from the constellation Vulpecula, the fox. The outburst continued to grow brighter for about two weeks, then spent about five months fading out. The object was classified as an X-ray nova. From satellite X-ray observations, combined with optical observations by ground-based telescope... More »


Black Holes Galore

A new study suggests that gravitational-wave observatories eventually could detect hundreds of black hole mergers every year Rochester Institute of Technology - June 22, 2016

Lighting Up a Black Hole

When an unlucky star passed to close to a supermassive black hole in a galaxy 3 NASA - June 22, 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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