BOSS quasars track the expanding universe

The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), the largest component of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III), pioneered the use of quasars to map density variations in intergalactic gas at high redshifts, tracing the structure of the young universe.

NASA finds symmetry in black hole jets

Scientists at NASA have discovered a new constant that links different sizes of black holes.

BOSS survey probes early universe

Scientists using BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, have used a new mapping technique to probe the period before dark energy began to speed up the expansion of the universe.

Quasars found acting as gravitational lenses

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found several  quasars acting as gravitational lenses, making it easier to study the galaxies in which they're contained.

Biggest-ever black holes found

Astronomers have discovered the two largest black holes ever - 10 billion times as massive as our own sun - which look set to consume everything within a region five times the size of our solar system.

Hubble directly observes a black hole accretion disk

A new technique to study the bright disc of matter surrounding a distant black hole is as precise as spotting individual grains of sand on the surface of the moon.

Team creates largest-ever 3D map of early universe

Scientists have created the biggest ever 3D map of the distant universe, using the light from 14,000 supermassive black holes, or quasars, at the centers of galaxies billions of light years away.