Latest Galaxies Stories
Around 11 billion years ago, two hungry young galaxies collided and they are now forming a massive galaxy approximately 10 times the size of the Milky Way. The new mega-galaxy, HXMM01, was discovered as part of a UC-Irvine led project conducted with the W.M. Keck Observatory, the Herschel space observatory, and other research facilities around the world.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel spacecraft has revealed that the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A at the center of our galaxy is about to get a taste of some hot molecular gas.
Despite the inhospitable nature of this region, a team of American astronomers has found jets of material that typically indicate star formation near a supermassive black hole.
Astronomers using the European Space Agency's (ESA) Integral space observatory have watched as a black hole woke up to feed on a low-mass object that strayed just a little too close.
As astronomers peer out into the distant reaches of the Universe they find that some galaxies are emitting enormous amounts of radiation from their cores.
Scientists affiliated with NASA’s NuSTAR and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories have now devised a clever way to directly measure the rotation of nearby supermassive black holes.
Black holes are voracious monsters at the center of galaxies that shape the growth and death of the stars around them with their tremendous gravitational pull and explosive ejections of energy. Now, researchers are using them as a tool to probe the limits of spacetime.
On large astronomical scales, gravity remains the dominant force acting on heavenly bodies. But when it comes to young clusters of stars, researchers say these crowded environments cannot be fully accounted for by a simple view of gravity.
Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory claim that matter was ejected at high speeds along the poles of a rotating star, creating a supernova remnant, W49B, which may contain a young black hole.
Supermassive Black Hole -- A Supermassive black hole is a black hole with a mass in the range of millions or billions solar masses. A supermassive black hole has some interesting properties differing from his low-mass cousins: -- The average density of a supermassive black hole can be very low, and actually can be lower than water's density. This happens because the black hole diameter increases linearly with mass, and consequently density drops much faster. -- Strong tidal...