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Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of galaxy at one million kilometres per hour: Study

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 15:44

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way.

Supermassive black hole located 6 bn light years away found

Last Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014, 16:35

Astronomers have used NASA`s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ESA`s XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light-years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly.

Evidence of jet in Milky Way`s supermassive black hole found

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 19:09

Astronomers, who have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles, have finally found it.

Supermassive black hole at heart of galaxy erupted 2 mn yrs ago

Last Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013, 09:38

A dormant volcano - a supermassive black hole - lies at the centre of our galaxy last erupted two million years ago, according to scientists.

Astronomers probing how black holes shape galaxies` development

Last Updated: Friday, September 06, 2013, 17:52

The scientists studied a galaxy called 4C12.50, nearly 1.5 billion light-years from Earth.

Largest structure in universe found

Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:28

Astronomers have discovered the largest structure ever seen in space, which stretches 4 billion light-years across.

Star screams as it gets devoured by supermassive black hole

Last Updated: Friday, August 03, 2012, 16:00

Astrophysicists have for the first time detected the oscillating signal that indicates the last gasps of a star falling victim to a previously dormant supermassive black hole.

Evidence of `middleweight` black hole found

Last Updated: Saturday, July 07, 2012, 13:27

Observation of outbursts of super-hot gas by a CSIRO radio telescope has confirmed the identity of the first known “middleweight” black hole.

Black holes grow faster than host galaxies

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 21:19

Astronomers have for the past many years thought that a supermassive black hole and the bulge of stars at the center of its host galaxy grow at the same rate.

Supermassive black hole kicked out of home galaxy at enormous speed

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 05, 2012, 15:27

New observations from NASA`s Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy.

3-telescope interferometry reveals how black holes are fuelled

Last Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 14:27

The observation was led by Gerd Weigelt, a director of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany.

Scientists watch black hole feast on unlucky star

Last Updated: Thursday, May 03, 2012, 09:01

Scientists have witnessed the rare spectacle of a supermassive black hole devouring a star that had ventured too close -- an event that occurs about once in 10,000 years.