Hot molecular gas drawn to supermassive black hole at Milky Way center

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of surprisingly hot molecular gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our Milky Way 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.

Mystery of monster stars explained

Since the 2010 discovery of four stars 300 times as massive as our sun, astronomers have been scratching their heads over how they could have come to exist.

This is how a black hole is fueled

An international research team has managed to observe the active accretion phase of a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy tens of millions of light years away.

The biggest black holes prevent star creation

Scientists using the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered that galaxies with the most powerful, active black holes at their heart produce fewer stars.

Black holes have existed since the dawn of time

In an X-ray image looking further into the past than ever before, NASA astronomers have discovered that massive black holes were common in the early universe and grew much more aggressively than previously thought.

Black holes spinning faster and faster

Many giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are spinning faster than at any time in the history of the universe, and may have been set in motion comparatively recently, new research shows.

Study gives clues to future of Milky Way's central black hole

A new study from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory could tell us more about how black holes are created - and about the future of the black hole at the heart of our own galaxy.