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Is our universe a hologram? Research on black holes reveals mind-bending possibility
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Is our universe a hologram? Research on black holes reveals mind-bending possibility

In this version of the cosmos, there is no difference between here and there, cause and effect, inside and outside or perhaps even then and now. We can all be Dr Strange

Astronomers reveal first image of black hole at Milky Way's centre
World

Astronomers reveal first image of black hole at Milky Way's centre

The image is the first, direct visual confirmation of the presence of this invisible object, and comes three years after the very first image of a black hole from a distant galaxy

NASA reveals monster black hole may have executed 'magnetic flip'; all you need to know
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NASA reveals monster black hole may have executed 'magnetic flip'; all you need to know

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the magnetic flip took place at the 1ES 1927+654, a galaxy 236 million light-years away.

Astronomers spot ‘invisible’ black hole for the first time using Hubble Space Telescope
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Astronomers spot ‘invisible’ black hole for the first time using Hubble Space Telescope

While it may seem that black holes are by definition invisible, they can still be detected through the way they interact with other objects owing to their strong gravity

Astronomers see black hole swallowing neutron star for the first time
science

Astronomers see black hole swallowing neutron star for the first time

The last 500 orbits before the neutron stars were swallowed took less than a minute and generated as much energy as all the visible light in the observable universe.

New 'goldilocks' black hole might be missing link to explain black hole sizes
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New 'goldilocks' black hole might be missing link to explain black hole sizes

Researchers believe that this black hole could be an ancient relic that was created before the first stars and galaxies formed.

Astronomers capture image of the magnetic field around M87's black hole
science

Astronomers capture image of the magnetic field around M87's black hole

Black holes are often detected by the radiation produced when their gravity pulls in surrounding gases, a process called accretion.

Elusive neutron star remnants of famous Supernova 1987A finally found, scientists claim
science

Elusive neutron star remnants of famous Supernova 1987A finally found, scientists claim

In a decade, scientists expect to be able to see emissions from the pulsar better, to back their hypothesis with evidence.

Swarm of smaller black holes found in NGC 6397 where lone, massive one was thought to exist
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Swarm of smaller black holes found in NGC 6397 where lone, massive one was thought to exist

The discovery opens up the possibility of black hole mergers in globular clusters – a potential source of gravitational waves.

DST astronomers trace huge optical flare from supermassive black hole discovered in the 1960s
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DST astronomers trace huge optical flare from supermassive black hole discovered in the 1960s

Blazars, or feeding supermassive black holes, are popular astronomical subjects due to their complicated mechanism of emission.

Scientists witness the death of a galaxy 9 million light-years away unfold, in a remarkable first
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Scientists witness the death of a galaxy 9 million light-years away unfold, in a remarkable first

The rare and recent discovery also shows that galaxies could shut down as a result of mergers.

Gravitational waves from 39 cosmic events recorded by LIGO, VIRGO in the last six months
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Gravitational waves from 39 cosmic events recorded by LIGO, VIRGO in the last six months

Some of the coalescing black holes could help scientists understand how black holes partner up before they collide.

ESO telescopes capture the stunning moment a black hole devoured, ripped apart a star
science

ESO telescopes capture the stunning moment a black hole devoured, ripped apart a star

While the idea of a black hole sucking in a nearby star sounds like science fiction, but it is exactly what happens in a tidal disruption event.

Nobel-winning black hole physics by Penrose, Hawking stands on work of Indian physicist Amal Raychaudhuri
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Nobel-winning black hole physics by Penrose, Hawking stands on work of Indian physicist Amal Raychaudhuri

The Raychaudhuri Equation continues to be a key tool in investigating the behaviour of black hole horizons in modern physics.

Star cluster feeding the black hole in our Milky Way has gobbled up a dwarf galaxy: Study
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Star cluster feeding the black hole in our Milky Way has gobbled up a dwarf galaxy: Study

Some nuclear star clusters in our galaxy must have been formed from objects falling into black holes, the research suggests.

Stunning 'eye of the serpent' spotted by Hubble in spiral arms of a galaxy in the Hydra constellation
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Stunning 'eye of the serpent' spotted by Hubble in spiral arms of a galaxy in the Hydra constellation

Only half of all the known spiral galaxies have a central bar-like structure, including NGC 2835 and our Milky Way galaxy.

Scientists detect mammoth collision of 'impossible' black holes for first time
science

Scientists detect mammoth collision of 'impossible' black holes for first time

It is thought that black holes are the vacuum cleaners of the Universe, sucking in everything in their paths.

Cosmic heartbeat discovered in gas cloud synced with a black hole by Arecibo, Fermi telescopes
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Cosmic heartbeat discovered in gas cloud synced with a black hole by Arecibo, Fermi telescopes

This gas cloud in the constellation Aquilla 'beats' in rhythm with a black hole 100 light-years away.

Discs of active, non-active spiral twin galaxies have significant differences, study proposes
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Discs of active, non-active spiral twin galaxies have significant differences, study proposes

Researchers scoured through over 600 spiral galaxies that are 'almost twin' but had different nuclear activity.

Scientists are now a step closer towards understanding how a supermassive black hole is born
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Scientists are now a step closer towards understanding how a supermassive black hole is born

They have found that the supermassive black hole lives in a galaxy known as Mirach's Ghost due to its proximity to the star Mirach.