Spotted: ‘Death Star’ Black Holes in Action – NASA

Spotted: ‘Death Star’ Black Holes in Action – NASA

A team of astronomers have studied 16 supermassive black holes that are firing powerful beams into space, to track where these beams, or jets, are pointing now and where they were aimed in the past, as reported in our latest press release. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) National Radio Astronomical Observatory’s (NRAO) Very … Read more

NASA’s Chandra Notices the Galactic Center is Venting – NASA

NASA’s Chandra Notices the Galactic Center is Venting – NASA

These images show evidence for an exhaust vent attached to a chimney releasing hot gas from a region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, as reported in our latest press release. In the main image of this graphic, X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) have been combined with radio data from the MeerKAT telescope (red). Previously, astronomers had … Read more

New NASA Black Hole Visualization Takes Viewers Beyond the Brink – NASA Science

New NASA Black Hole Visualization Takes Viewers Beyond the Brink – NASA Science

“People often ask about this, and simulating these difficult-to-imagine processes helps me connect the mathematics of relativity to actual consequences in the real universe,” said Jeremy Schnittman, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who created the visualizations. “So I simulated two different scenarios, one where a camera — a stand-in … Read more

Stellar Beads on a String – NASA

Stellar Beads on a String – NASA

Astronomers have discovered one of the most powerful eruptions from a black hole ever recorded in the system known as SDSS J1531+3414 (SDSS J1531 for short). As explained in our press release, this mega-explosion billions of years ago may help explain the formation of a striking pattern of star clusters around two massive galaxies, resembling “beads on a string.” SDSS J1531 … Read more

NASA Collaborating on European-led Gravitational Wave Observatory in Space – NASA Science

NASA Collaborating on European-led Gravitational Wave Observatory in Space – NASA Science

The LISA mission will enable observations of gravitational waves produced by merging supermassive black holes, seen here in a computer simulation. Most big galaxies contain central black holes weighing millions of times the mass of our Sun. When these galaxies collide, eventually their black holes do too. Download high-resolution video from NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. … Read more

NASA Scientists Discover a Novel Galactic ‘Fossil’ – NASA Science

NASA Scientists Discover a Novel Galactic ‘Fossil’ – NASA Science

“There’s ongoing debate in the scientific community about how galaxies evolve,” said Kimberly Weaver, an astrophysicist at Goddard who led the work. “We find supermassive black holes in the centers of nearly all Milky Way-sized galaxies, and an open question is how much influence they have compared to the effects of star formation. Studying nearby … Read more

NASA’s Fermi Mission Creates 14-Year Time-Lapse of the Gamma-Ray Sky – NASA Science

NASA’s Fermi Mission Creates 14-Year Time-Lapse of the Gamma-Ray Sky – NASA Science

From solar flares to black hole jets: NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope team has produced a unique time-lapse tour of the dynamic high-energy sky. Fermi Deputy Project Scientist Judy Racusin narrates the movie, which compresses 14 years of gamma-ray observations into 6 minutes. Download high-resolution video and images from NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. Credit: NASA’s … Read more