At 17 billion solar masses, it may be the second-largest black hole ever found—but it lives in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood.

April 11, 2016

New research shows that black holes have forced normal matter into the vast expanse between cosmic filaments.

March 2, 2016

Astronomers have released a new X-ray/radio composite image of the distant galaxy Pictor A, showing a huge jet of high-energy particles produced by a supermassive black hole.  They were also able to determine how this jet, over three times the size of the Milky Way galaxy, produces such powerful X-ray emissions.  

February 5, 2016

Black holes found in the center of galaxies may reach a maximum size equivalent to about 50 billion Suns before expending the gas they use as fuel to grow.

December 22, 2015

In an extremely rare astronomical event, scientists observe a black hole release jets of plasma as it devours a star.

December 2, 2015

Earlier this year, astronomers discovered what appeared to be a pair of supermassive black holes circling toward a collision so powerful it would send a burst of gravitational waves surging through...

September 17, 2015

Black holes are the most massive objects in the known universe. We have discovered a number that put our Sun (and our entirely solar system) to shame. In fact, just this past year, scientists...

July 30, 2015