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How supermassive black holes interact with host galaxies

Last Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014, 23:17

Astronomers have discovered strange and unexpected behavior around the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548.

Active supermassive black holes discovered in merging galaxies

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:57

A team of astronomers have found at least one supermassive black holes almost always becomes active and luminous by accreting a large amount of material in luminous, gas-rich, merging galaxies.

How supermassive black holes are formed

Last Updated: Thursday, November 07, 2013, 22:04

Over billions of years, small black holes can slowly grow supermassive by taking on mass from their surroundings and also by merging with other black holes.

How supermassive black holes grow when galaxies collide

Last Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 18:36

Experts have claimed that the notion black holes become supermassive by merging with other black holes is much more complex than previously believed.

NASA`s NuSTAR spacecraft detects 10 supermassive black holes

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 19:40

NASA`s new black-hole-hunter spacecraft - NuSTAR - has detected its first 10 supermassive black holes, lying at the hearts of distant galaxies between 0.3 and 11.4 billion light-years from Earth.

`Supermassive` black holes may be bigger than thought

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 19:00

Some of the biggest black holes in the universe may actually be even bigger than previously thought, a study that uses data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has suggested.

NASA’s WISE telescope discovers millions of supermassive black holes

Last Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 14:34

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has uncovered millions of new supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies.

Cosmic climate change in early universe `may have stunted black holes`

Last Updated: Monday, June 11, 2012, 08:56

The early universe, which was warmed by the greediest of black holes, could have stunted the growth of the rest, a new study has revealed.

Black holes `eat binary star partners` to grow

Last Updated: Monday, April 02, 2012, 12:34

There are two ways to grow a supermassive black hole: with gas clouds and with stars.

`Life may be possible in supermassive black holes`

Last Updated: Friday, October 07, 2011, 18:13

Supermassive black holes are known to be absolutely uninhabitable and the most destructive force in space.

Astronomers find supermassive black holes

Last Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 08:49

Astronomers have discovered a pair of supermassive black holes in a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way, NASA said

Supermassive black holes get displaced from galaxy centres

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 16:28

The supermassive black hole (SMBH) at the center of the most massive local galaxy, M87, is not where it was expected.