ALMA probes mysteries of jets from giant black holes

There are supermassive black holes -- with masses up to several billion solar masses -- at the hearts of almost all galaxies in the Universe, including our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

Black hole powered jets smash into galaxy

A giant black hole in the center of the galaxy 4C+29.30 is generating two powerful jets of particles.

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.

Black hole seen swallowing a star

Astronomers have spotted a supermassive black hole in the act of shredding and consuming a star 3.9 billion light years away.

Icy moon rains water onto Saturn

ESA’s Herschel space observatory has solved the 14-year mystery of where the water in Saturn's upper atmosphere comes from - it's being expelled from the planet's moon Enceladus.

Comet is 'hyperactive' say astronomers

Comet Hartley 2 is an excitable little chap - in a class of its own, say astronomers.

Tevatron data indicates unknown new particle

Physicists at Fermilab, which operates the Tevatron particle accelerator, say they may have found a new elementary particle - but not the so-called God particle, the elusive Higgs boson.

ESA spots matter escaping from black hole

ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted apparently-doomed hot matter just a millisecond before plunging into a black hole - but says it appears that some of the matter may be escaping.

Black hole emits giant jets

Please don't snigger, but ESO and NASA astronomers have discovered a black hole blowing out an enormous bubble of hot gas.