Black Holes









Space disasters from Engineer Jobs: This universe, or the next, could kill us at any moment. While popular fiction is glutted with robot uprisings, zombie plagues, and apocalyptic warfare, none of our…




NASA made a major announcement today, revealing what it terms “the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood.” Photo and official text of the announcement below: Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray…





Hazel Muir writes on New Scientist:

A new interactive program reveals the spectacular light show you’d see if you dared to wander close to a black hole. It demonstrates how the extreme gravity of a black hole could appear to shred background constellations of stars, spinning them around as though in a giant black washing machine.

The program’s creators say it could be an excellent tool to familiarise people with the weird ways that black holes warp light. “It’s useful for people to play around with the parameters to study how, for instance, a black hole would distort the constellation Orion,” says Thomas Müller of the University of Stuttgart in Germany.



Betsy Mason reports in Wired: New X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory added to an image previously captured by the Hubble Space Telescope created this amazing composite image of two black holes…