What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer

It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve. » 4/18/14 11:07am 4/18/14 11:07am

Merging galaxies can contain multiple active supermassive black holes

Japanese astronomers have learned that merging galaxies can contain at least a pair of active and luminous supermassive black holes. Typically, only one of the two black holes are activated like this, leading the astronomers to speculate that something unique is happening in the environment to get them going. » 1/29/14 9:00am 1/29/14 9:00am

An entirely new class of galaxy-escaping hypervelocity stars

Every once in a while, the Milky Way's supermassive black hole flings a wayward star into intergalactic space at speeds reaching 2 million miles per hour. But astronomers have now discovered a surprising new class of "hypervelocity stars" that can escape the galaxy — and they don't need the galactic core to do it. » 1/10/14 8:00am 1/10/14 8:00am

Small Black Holes Are Deadlier Than Previously Thought

There’s a black hole in a galaxy 22 million light-years away that’s incredibly bright and energetic. Astronomers naturally assumed it was a supermassive black hole. But new observations show it’s actually quite tiny — throwing many conceptions of what we thought we knew about these things completely out the window. » 11/28/13 8:00am 11/28/13 8:00am