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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 »

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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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