This Is What a Quasar Looks Like

The mysterious celestial objects called quasars are some of the brightest objects in our universe. Quasars are actually galaxies with powerful black holes at their centers, sucking in matter and spitting out gouts of x-rays that create a massive, broiling-hot cloud. » 1/09/15 6:05pm 1/09/15 6:05pm

X-Rays From the Universe Are Simply Stunning

10 Comic Books That Would Make Excellent TV Shows

It's official: The most exciting new genre shows on network TV are based on comics. iZombie, Constantine, Flash, Gotham... But the networks are just scratching the surface of what's out there. Here are 10 comics that are crying out to become television shows right now. » 5/14/14 10:20am 5/14/14 10:20am

Stellar Carnage as Neutron Stars Collide

When two neutron stars collide, they viciously shred each other before merging into a black hole punctuated by a gamma ray burst. A new supercomputer simulation sets a mismatched pair of neutron stars in a death-spiral to investigate the process. The merger completes in seconds, ringed by a halo of diffuse gas. » 5/13/14 2:15pm 5/13/14 2:15pm

Top 10 Most Gorgeous Space Movies Ever Filmed

Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity heralds the return of the glorious space porn movie. The swoon-worthy visuals make you feel as though you're actually in space, on a unique adventure. But there's a proud tradition of breathtaking space movies. Here are the 10 most lovely space films, before Gravity. » 10/07/13 10:41am 10/07/13 10:41am

Is David Fincher's Black Hole movie back on?

With the financial success of World War Z and 12 Years a Slave getting all the critical buzz, Brad Pitt's studio Plan B now has oodles of cash and a lot of leg room to get the rest of their slate done. And gloryosky, that could mean the return of David Fincher's adaptation of the fantastic graphic novel Black Hole. » 10/03/13 3:37pm 10/03/13 3:37pm

Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

Hollywood's addiction to remakes and reboots continues unabated, with dozens of films in development. And meanwhile, bookshelves are straining with hundreds of original, thrilling novels that have never been adapted to the screen. Here's a second dose of our list of books that should be adapted instead of yet another… » 9/27/13 3:16pm 9/27/13 3:16pm

Behold the power of a supermassive black hole

At the center of this image is a supermassive black hole, shooting radiation out from the heart of its galaxy. Those two bursts of pink to the left and right are jets of particles that the black hole is shooting out of the galaxy at unbelievable speeds. » 9/27/13 2:05pm 9/27/13 2:05pm

Get lost in the hypnotic swirl of this simulated black hole

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gives us a peek at the workings of a black hole—or at least a simulation of one. This supercomputer simulation is helping astronomers better understand how X-rays travel around a black hole. » 6/15/13 3:00pm 6/15/13 3:00pm

Major Hints About Iron Man 3, Jurassic Park 4, Ninja Turtles and Doctor…

There's another report out about how Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness isn't who you think it is... and by that, I mean he's exactly who you think he is. Guillermo del Toro dreams of Pacific Rim's robots taking on Godzilla. Looper's Rian Johnson is going cyberpunk. Aaron Eckhart discusses his… » 4/05/13 6:00am 4/05/13 6:00am

The original writer of Prometheus is reinventing The Black Hole

Prometheus scribe Jon Spaiths has been hired by Disney to jumpstart the long stalled Black Hole reboot, spearheaded by Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joe Kosinski. And going by Kosinski's aesthetic, we're imagining a very video game friendly reboot that swaps out google-eyed robots for Svedka bots. » 4/04/13 5:41pm 4/04/13 5:41pm

Don't freak out, but our galaxy might be surrounded by 2,000 rogue…

Galaxies and their central supermassive black holes grew in tandem, the result of countless collisions and mergers between ancient, smaller galaxies. But galaxies sometimes merged without combining their black holes, ejecting some of these objects out into the depths of open space. » 3/31/13 5:00pm 3/31/13 5:00pm

You won't believe how fast this supermassive black hole is spinning

For the first time ever, astrophysicists have reliably measured the spinning speed of a supermassive black hole. Let's just say words like "blistering," "breakneck" and "blinding" still manage to come up short. » 2/27/13 11:00am 2/27/13 11:00am

Why are black holes so bright?

Black holes are so named because they exert such extraordinary gravity, that not even light can escape them. You'd expect them to be dark. But there are some black holes whose concentrated brightness outshines all the stars around them. Here's why. » 2/15/13 12:00pm 2/15/13 12:00pm

Physicists propose a new theory about what would really happen if you…

If a new theory about black holes turns out to be true, then we're going to have to stop making fun of the final sequence in classic cheeseball flick The Black Hole (helpfully excerpted above). You might just light on fire. Jennifer Ouellette has just published an amazing piece on this "wall of fire" theory on the… » 12/24/12 2:03pm 12/24/12 2:03pm

The Hercules Galaxy Lives Up To Its Name With Super-Strong Plasma Jets

Specifically, that bright dot in the center of this image is Hercules A, a galaxy located over two billion light-years from Earth. But what really dominates the scene are the two gargantuan jets of plasma shooting out of Hercules A. » 12/09/12 1:00pm 12/09/12 1:00pm

This galaxy is pretty much all black hole...

As a rule of thumb, the more massive a black hole is, the bigger its surrounding galaxy will be. That's why there's something so fundamentally wrong about NGC 1277, a tiny galaxy home to possibly the biggest black hole yet. » 12/02/12 5:00pm 12/02/12 5:00pm

Is Earth's closest black hole hiding inside this nebula?

This beautiful photo from the Hubble Legacy Archive offers a striking look at the Trapezium, four closely packed stars found inside the Orion nebula, some 1,500 light-years away. Lurking inside that image might be our nearest black hole neighbor. » 10/07/12 10:30am 10/07/12 10:30am

10 Weird Greeting Cards We'll Need in the Future

As time marches on, a lot of things about society change — but not the need to smooth social interaction with bland, valueless pleasantries. Hence the greeting card industry, which has thrived by printing bland sentiments on folded cardboard, decorated with pictures of kittens hugging. As we go forward into the… » 6/08/12 10:45am 6/08/12 10:45am