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Newest Black Hole

NGC 6240: A supermassive black hole in the constellation Ophiuchus.

NGC 6240Like many merging galaxies, NGC 6240 offers not one supermassive black hole but two. Eventually, though, they will merge to form a single object. The two galaxies of NGC 6240 began their merger process about 30 million years ago (as seen from Earth). Gravitational interactions between the two disk-shaped galaxies pulled out great streamers of millions of stars that spread across hundreds of tho... 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 - June 25, 2014

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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