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Hubble Spies Massive Black Hole-Fueled Space Slinky

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In an effort to understand how black holes shape the evolution of galaxies, astronomers spent eight months creating a series of time-lapse movies from 400 observations made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The movies, taken from observations conducted over a 13-year period from 1995-2008, show a 5,000-mile-long jet […]

Launch of IRIS on Orbital Pegasus XL Slips a Day

The planned launch of an Orbital Pegasus XL rocket has been delayed a day due to range power issues. Photo Credit: Randy Beaudoin, VAFB / NASA

The launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket with NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) will have to wait a little longer. The launch is now […]

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Reveals 'Black Hole Bonanza' in Andromeda Galaxy

Data from Chandra’s X-ray Observatory has led astronomers to unveil 26 black holes in the Milky Way’s neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. This is the largest number of black hole candidates found in a galaxy outside our own. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. Barnard, Z. Lee et al.; Optical: NOAO/AURA/NSF/REU Program/B. Schoening, V. Harvey and Descubre […]

Can Dark Matter Form Black Holes?

Our latest view of the Universe and its history obtained by the ESA Planck space probe. Image Credit: ESA/Planck Collaboration/PA.

Recent findings from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have provided some minor revisions to the currently accepted parameters of the universe. As well as it now being 13.8 billion years old, the distribution […]

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Black Hole Studies

Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 27, to announce black hole observations from its newest X-ray telescope, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray telescope.

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Galaxy’s Gamma-Ray Flares Erupted From Its Black Hole

Prior to its strong outbursts in 2011, blazar 4C +71.07 was a weak source for Fermi’s LAT. These images centered on 4C +71.07 show the rate at which the LAT detected gamma rays with energies above 100 million electron volts (lighter colors equal higher rates). The image at left covers 2.5 years, from the […]

NuSTAR Captures Black Holes Erupting in Spiral Galaxy

This image of spiral galaxy IC 342, or Caldwell 5, incorporates data from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. High-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR have been translated to the color magenta and superimposed on a visible-light view, highlighting the galaxy and its star-studded arms. Photo Credit: NASA/NuSTAR

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Ultra-fast Outflows Help Monster Black Holes Shape Their Galaxies

News release note: Originally posted to NASA News Topics on February 27, 2012 by Francis Reddy.  

The supermassive black holes in active galaxies can produce narrow particle jets (orange) and wider streams of gas (blue-gray) known as ultra-fast outflows, which are powerful enough to regulate both star formation in the wider galaxy and […]

NASA’s Chandra Finds Milky Way’s Black Hole Grazing On Asteroids

The image on the left contains nearly a million seconds of Chandra's observing of the region around the black hole. The artist illustrations to the right depict an asteroid venturing to close to a black hole, being torn apart by the tidal forces within a 100 million mile distance, and finally being vaporized by friction - creating a flare. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/F. Baganoff et al.; Illustrations: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

A simulated supermassive Black Hole, similar to what can be found at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

WASHINGTON — The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the frequent flares observed, according to astronomers using […]