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Rappler's latest stories on black holes


Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend

Dec 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

If there is a friend there, it might be a second black hole nearby that is at least 100,000 times the mass of the Sun

An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Christopher Go

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out, and scientists are baffled

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The black hole seems too big to be the product of a single star collapsing, which poses questions for our theories of how black holes form

NEW DISCOVERY. A recently discovered black hole – found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble – is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form. NAOC, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Scientists spot black hole so huge it 'shouldn't even exist' in our galaxy

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:27 AM

LB-1 is 15,000 light years from Earth and has a mass 70 times greater than the Sun

This handout received from the Beijing Planetarium via the China Academy of Sciences on November 26, 2019 shows a rendering by artist Yu Jingchuan of the accretion of gas onto a stellar black hole from its blue companion star, through a truncated accretion disk. Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers announced on November 28. Yu Jingchuan / Beijing Planetarium via the China Academy of Sciences / AFP

'Fortnite' goes offline after asteroid blows up virtual world

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Season 10 ends with a black hole sucking up the virtual world, leaving gamers both miffed and amused

Photo from Fornite/Twitter

The real deal: Astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The supermassive black hole now immortalized by a far-flung network of radio telescopes is 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87

FIRST IMAGE. A handout photo provided by the European Southern Observatory on April 10, 2019 shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers, which is the 'most direct proof of their existence,' one of the project's lead scientists told AFP. AFP PHOTO/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY

Scientists set to unveil first picture of a black hole

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Of all the forces or objects in the Universe that we cannot see, none has frustrated human curiosity so much as the invisible maws that shred and swallow stars like so many specks of dust

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:04 PM

A new map of the night sky published February 19 charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see

MORE GALAXIES. This handout released by Paris Observatory-PSL on February 19, 2019, shows an optical image of the M106 galaxy stacked on an image of the galaxy's emissions of material (in orange) taken with the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope. A new map of the night sky published on February 20 charts hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using the LOFAR radio telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see. AFP PHOTO / OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS - PSL / CYRIL TASSE

Hawking's voice to be beamed into space during memorial

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:40 PM

As the ashes of the British theoretical physicist are interred, a specially-written composition featuring his famous synthesized voice will be beamed into space by the European Space Agency

HAWKING, REMEMBERED. In this file photo taken on August 29, 2012 British scientist Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Desert telescope stakes out supermassive black hole

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:20 PM

A massive telescope named Gravity aims to finally prove the existence of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy

epa04707659 An undated handout image provided by ESO on 16 April 2015 shows an artist´s impression released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows the surroundings of a supermassive black hole, typical of that found at the heart of many galaxies. The black hole itself is surrounded by a brilliant accretion disc of very hot, infalling material and, further out, a dusty torus. There are also often high-speed jets of material ejected at the black hole's poles that can extend huge distances into space. Observations with ALMA have detected a very strong magnetic field close to the black hole at the base of the jets and this is probably involved in jet production and collimation. EPA/ESO / HANDOUT NO SALES/EDITORIAL USE ONLY

India OKs plan to build gravitational waves observatory

Feb 18, 2016 - 8:42 AM

More detectors in other parts of the world will allow scientists to study gravitational waves from different orientations

CARDIFF CONTRIBUTION. Sixteen of about 1,000 authors of the study that discovered gravitational waves are from Cardiff University

Can the Philippines produce its own Einsteins?

Feb 17, 2016 - 4:03 PM

While we have our own bright minds in the basic sciences we still have a long way to go

BETTER RESOURCES. A physics graduate holding up a streamer calling for national industrialization during graduation rites in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Image courtesy of Agham Youth

'Impossibly large' ancient black hole challenges theories

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:52 AM

With a mass 12 billion times that of our Sun the black hole formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang that created the Universe 13 7 billion years ago

This is an artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe. Image courtesy Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory

Café Scientifique: The Anatomy of a Black Hole

Aug 02, 2013 - 10:24 AM

A theoretical physicist talks about black holes and Einstein s theory of gravity

TALKING ABOUT BLACK HOLES. What does Einstein's theory of gravity say about black holes? Image courtesy of The Mind Museum

NASA launches 'black hole hunter' telescope

Jun 14, 2012 - 6:21 AM

The telescope will help us find the most elusive and most energetic black holes to help us understand the structure of the universe

Black hole swallows a star

May 04, 2012 - 5:03 PM

NASA says it is the first time scientists are able to observe a black hole swallow a star

CAUGHT IN THE ACT. This computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole. Some of the gas also is being ejected at high speeds into space. Astronomers observed a flare in ultraviolet and optical light from the gas falling into the black hole and glowing helium from the stars's helium-rich gas expelled from the system. Photo courtesy of  NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)