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Newest Black Hole

SDSS J0927+2943: A supermassive black hole in the constellation Leo.

SDSS J0927+2943Supermassive black holes are born in the cores of galaxies, but they don't have to stay there. When two black holes merge they may receive a gravitational "kick" strong enough to expel them from the galaxy and send them careening through space alone. That appears to be the case with SDSS J0927+2943, a quasar (a large, bright disk of hot gas around a supermassive black hole) first seen in a sky ... 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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