NASA’s Chandra Finds Supermassive Black Hole Burping Nearby

Evidence for powerful blasts produced by a giant black hole has been discovered using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This is one of the nearest supermassive black holes to Earth that is currently undergoing such violent outbursts. Astronomers found this outburst in the supermassive black hole centered in the small galaxy…

NASA’s Fermi Mission Finds Hints of Gamma-ray Cycle in an Active Galaxy

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected hints of periodic changes in the brightness of a so-called “active” galaxy, whose emissions are powered by a supersized black hole. If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first years-long cyclic gamma-ray emission ever detected from any galaxy, which…

NASA’s Swift Reveals a Black Hole Bull’s-eye

What looks like a shooting target is actually an image of nested rings of X-ray light centered on an erupting black hole. On June 15, NASA’s Swift satellite detected the start of a new outburst from V404 Cygni, where a black hole and a sun-like star orbit each other. Since…

Black hole winds pull the plug on star formation

Black-hole wind sweeping away galactic gas Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel space observatory have found that the winds blowing from a huge black hole are sweeping away its host galaxy’s reservoir of raw star-building material. Found at the hearts of most galaxies, supermassive black holes are extremely dense and compact objects…