Galactic black hole emits massive flare

 NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has taken its first look at the giant black hole at the center of our galaxy - and caught it right in the middle of a flare-up.

Black hole jet erupts at near light speed

Astronomers have snapped a supersonic jet of material blasting over two million light years from the centre of a distant galaxy.

Infrared reveals hidden supermassive black holes

University of Cambridge scientists have discovered a new set of enormous, rapidly growing supermassive black holes in the early universe.

Stellar-mass black hole stalks the Milky Way

NASA's Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Fast-moving star could help test relativity

A star has been discovered orbiting tightly round the massive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, making its circuit in just eleven and a half years.

First ever sight of a black hole's rim

Astronomers have for the first time observed the event horizon of a black hole - the region where its pull is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.

Star screams as it's sucked into black hole

Astrophysicists have for the first time detected the X-ray 'scream' from a star as it's consumed by a supermassive black hole.

Astronomers find first-ever middle-sized black hole

Astronomers have identified the first known 'middleweight' black hole, after spotting outbursts of super-hot gas with CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array.

Video: NASA’s NuSTAR launches

Following a successful launch, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has begun its mission to discover secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects.

The JJ Abrams God Particle

JJ Abrams projects - whether for the big screen or television - are typically shrouded in secrecy. 

This black hole was evicted from its home galaxy

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has identified a massive black hole being ejected from its host galaxy at a staggering speed of several million miles per hour.

Ghostly gamma-ray beams haunt the Milky Way

Astronomers have determined that the Milky Way's central black hole was quite active in the past.

Black hole caught shredding star

Astronomers have had their best look yet at a supermassive black hole in the process of shredding a star.

Black hole emits massive X-ray burst

A population of old, volatile stellar black holes has been discovered, following an 'extraordinary outburst' from one located in a nearby galaxy.

Runaway planets hurtling through universe

Runaway planets could be hurtling through space at up to 30 million miles an hour, torn from their suns by a black hole.

Stellar mass black hole found in Andromeda

A study of X-rays emitted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away has positively identified a stellar mass black hole in Andromeda, a spiral galaxy located about 2.6 million light-years from Earth.

20 million mph winds seen blowing from black hole

A black hole discovered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is generating winds blowing at 20 million miles per hour - about three percent of the speed of light.

This black hole came from a shredded galaxy

NASA astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young, blue stars encircling the first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered.

Milky Way's black hole seen vaporizing asteroids

The supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A has been observed emitting X-ray flares, lasting a few hours, about once a day.

Astronomers aim to image supermassive black hole

Scientists are working on a pioneering scheme to view the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy.