articles tagged: supermassive black holes
why black holes have magnetic storms like stars
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why black holes have magnetic storms like stars

New observations of the center of our galaxy have, for the first time, revealed hotspots in the disk of chaotic gas orbiting our Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

what a black hole’s spin tells us about its past
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what a black hole’s spin tells us about its past

Tracking the speed of an event horizon can tell us what a black hole ate, give us a clue as to how it was formed, and whether it survived a major collision.

the dark monsters who will inherit our universe
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the dark monsters who will inherit our universe

How big are some supermassive black holes? Just trying to scale them down to numbers we can wrap our minds around is a challenge in and of itself.

the birth of a supermassive monster, revisited
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the birth of a supermassive monster, revisited

While we still don't know how supermassive black holes get as heavy and large as they are, but we have a few ideas...

the birth of a monster?
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the birth of a monster?

Astronomers are trying to zero in on the largest mass for a stellar black hole and found a monster larger and hungrier than they expected.

sizing up a supermassive titan
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sizing up a supermassive titan

Astronomers weigh a black hole so massive, it wasn't born from an imploding star but from massive nebulae crushed by its own gravity.