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Galaxies Hit Single, Doubles, and a Triple (Growing Black Holes) | NASA

Galaxies Hit Single, Doubles, and a Triple (Growing Black Holes)

When three galaxies collide, what happens to the huge black holes at the centers of each? A new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other telescopes reveals new information about how many black holes are furiously growing after these galactic smash ups.

Finding a Missing Black Hole | NASA

Finding a Missing Black Hole

Astronomers have no evidence that a distant black hole estimated to weigh between 3 billion and 100 billion times the mass of the Sun is anywhere to be found.

Roman Space Telescope Could Image 100 Hubble Ultra Deep Fields at Once

Some of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most iconic images are the deep fields, which unveil myriad galaxies across the universe, stretching back to within a few hundred million years of the big bang. The galaxy tapestry was uncovered by Hubble peering at a single patch of seemingly empty sky for hundreds of hours.

On the Hunt for a Missing Giant Black Hole | NASA

On the Hunt for a Missing Giant Black Hole

Astronomers are searching for signs of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy cluster Abell 2261. Scientists think this galaxy underwent a merger with another galaxy, which could have caused a newly formed larger black hole to be ejected. Astronomers do not yet know what happened to this giant black hole.

Quasars Rip Across Galaxies Like Tsunamis | NASA

Quasars Rip Across Galaxies Like Tsunamis

Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe.

The hungriest of black holes are thought to gobble up so much surrounding material they put an end to the life of their host galaxy by creating an energetic object called a quasar. Now, researchers found a galaxy that is surviving the black hole’s ravenous forces, continuing to birth about 100 Sun-sized stars a year.

Galaxy Survives Black Hole’s Feast – For Now

The hungriest of black holes are thought to gobble up so much surrounding material they put an end to the life of their host galaxy by creating an energetic object called a quasar. Now, researchers found a galaxy that is surviving the black hole’s ravenous forces, continuing to birth about 100 Sun-sized stars a year.

Black Hole's Dust Ring May Be Casting Shadows From Heart of a Galaxy | NASA

Black Hole's Dust Ring May Be Casting Shadows From Heart of a Galaxy

Black Hole's Dust Ring May Be Casting Shadows From Heart of a Galaxy | NASA

Matter swirling around supermassive black holes creates bursts of light that "echo" in nearby dust clouds. These traveling signals could serve as a new cosmic yardstick.

Echo Mapping in a Black Hole Accretion Disk and Torus (Animation)

Matter swirling around supermassive black holes creates bursts of light that "echo" in nearby dust clouds. These traveling signals could serve as a new cosmic yardstick.

Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act | NASA

Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act

The telltale sign that the black hole was feeding vanished, perhaps when a star interrupted the feast. The event could lend new insight into these mysterious objects.

A Tour of Cases of Black Hole Mistaken Identity

A Tour of Cases of Black Hole Mistaken Identity

A Tour of Cases of Black Hole Mistaken Identity

Milky Way's Black Hole's Flash Illuminated Gas Far Outside Our Galaxy | NASA

Milky Way's Black Hole's Flash Illuminated Gas Far Outside Our Galaxy

About 3.5 million years ago, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy unleashed an enormous burst of energy. Now, eons later, astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's unique capabilities to uncover even more clues about this cataclysmic explosion.

A Tour of a Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

A Tour of a Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

A Tour of a Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

A Quick Look at a Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

A Quick Look at a Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

A Quick Look at a Black Hole Outburst Caught on Video

Simulation of Black Hole Disk Flares in Galaxy OJ 287

Simulation of Black Hole Disk Flares in Galaxy OJ 287

Simulation of Black Hole Disk Flares in Galaxy OJ 287

Spitzer Telescope Reveals the Precise Timing of a Black Hole Dance | NASA

Spitzer Telescope Reveals the Precise Timing of a Black Hole Dance

The recently retired infrared observatory was the only telescope to spot a far-off flash of light that holds clues about the physical characteristics of these cosmic mysteries.

Star Survives Close Call with a Black Hole | NASA

Star Survives Close Call with a Black Hole

Astronomers may have discovered a new kind of survival story: a star that had a brush with a giant black hole and lived to tell the tale through exclamations of X-rays.