In order to unravel the mysteries of how black holes form, a team of astrophysicists is simulating virtual stars and then repeatedly killing them off. Perhaps the most powerful explosion a massive...
Astronomers just detected fast radio bursts (FRB), mysterious millisecond-wave bursts of radio waves that have been puzzling astronomers for years, emanating from within our own galaxy, as Science...
The physicists at LIGO detected more gravitational waves. And this time, they resonate at the right frequency to harmonize with an Elvis Presley song. The waves formed a perfect fifth, Science...
Astronomers at the LIGO observatory have — for the second time ever — detected the cosmic ripples given off by a brutal collision between two distant neutron stars. LIGO scientists actually picked...
Double Down We already know that our Milky Way galaxy is home to Sagittarius A*, a black hole with a mass about 4 million times that of our Sun. But an international team of astrophysicists...
In the 1960s and ’70s, physicists Jacob Bekenstein and John Wheeler did a bit of math and determined that black holes “have no hair.” That seemingly bizarre statement might have left some wondering...
It’s a problem that’s been puzzling astronomers ever since Sir Isaac Newton formulated it over 300 years ago: three celestial bodies — for instance the Earth, Moon, and Sun — are subjecting each...
Some of the black holes floating around our universe might actually be something else entirely. It’s possible that some of them may be giant blobs of dark energy, the mysterious theoretical force...
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, recently started feasting on the objects orbiting around with unprecedented voracity. A team of scientists from...
For the first time, astronomers recorded the gravitational waves given off by the formation of a new black hole. The waves, which rippled out from the cosmic newborn like the sound waves emanating...