Increased X-Ray Activity From Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Puzzles Astronomers

An X-ray view (at the bottom) of the region around Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, taken with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The analysis of archival observations from Chandra and other orbiting X-ray telescopes has revealed that Sgr A* has increased its X-ray flaring by […]

Stellar (and Planetary) Formation Near Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Possible, New Study Suggests

An artist’s illustration of the vicinity of the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, known as Sagittarius A* . Astronomers have discovered a population of more than 150 massive young stars (shown as blue dots) in recent years that orbit within 2 light-years from the black hole. Newer […]

Astronomers Measure Galactic Winds at Milky Way's Center, Detect Record-Breaking X-Ray Flares From Its Supermassive Black Hole

A composite image of the area around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), taken with NASA’s Chandra X-ray space telescope. The colors in the main image represent medium, and high-energy X-rays as red, green, and blue respectively. The inset box shows a […]

It Takes Two to Tango: Astronomers Find Evidence of Possible Black Hole Duo

An artist’s concept of two colliding black holes, in the process of merging. Image Credit: Credit: NASA / CXC / A. Hobart.

“Dancing: A series of movements involving two partners, where speed and rhythm match harmoniously with music.”

— The Computer, explaining the meaning of ‘Dancing’ to the Ship’s Captain – ‘Wall-E’ (2008).

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Hubble Spies Massive Black Hole-Fueled Space Slinky

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Video courtesy of NASA

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 […]

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 […]

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

One of NASA’s small fleet […]