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What It's Like to Die in a Black Hole

In terms of "coolest ways to die," it's hard to beat "sucked into a black hole." The question's just: what would that entail, exactly? No one has …

Black Holes

Will we ever... create a black hole in the laboratory?

Fears that the Large Hadron Collider could create a black hole that destroy the world may be unfounded, but if we really wanted to make one, could we actually do it, asks Matthew Francis.<p>Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operations in 2008, a small but noisy group of people were in …

Physics

Black Holes + Wormholes = Quantum Answers

If physicists had a holy grail it would go by the name of <i>Quantum Gravity</i>.<p>For 60 years researchers have been searching for a way to unite the very large and the very small into a single coherent theory. But for all their efforts, Einstein's Theory of General Relativity — which describes the Universe …

Newfound Pulsar May Explain Odd Behavior Of Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole

A strange type of star never before found near the Milky Way’s center is providing new clues about the bizarre behavior of the supermassive black hole lurking at the heart of our galaxy.<p>The black hole, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short), is as massive as 4 million suns and is thought to …

New Black Hole Theory Could Overthrow Einstein's Theory of Gravity

Joseph Polchinski is part of a four-man team that’s rethinking our ideas about black holes. In the process, he and his team might overthrow …

Was our universe created by a four-dimensional black hole?

Based on what we know of our universe, many cosmologists believe it all began when the Big Bang spat a bunch of matter into being. But a lot of …

Black Holes

Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole? A New Theory Of The Universe's Creation

Could the famed “Big Bang” theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a …

Universe

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Quantum black hole study opens bridge to another universe

Singularities, such as the infinitely strong crushing forces at the center of a black hole, in a physical theory are bad. What they tell you is that …

Black Holes

How A Black Hole Sleeps

It ate a bunch of stellar gas and now it needs a nap.<p>Think of black holes as bottomless devouring machines? Not so much, it turns out: the black hole at the center of the Sculptor galaxy, about 13 million light years away, is currently taking a wee little napsy.<p>We first spied this black hole about …

At 6.6 Billion Suns, The Largest Black Hole Ever Measured Could Swallow Our Solar System

A universal heavyweight champion was crowned this morning at the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle: A giant black hole weighing a staggering 6.6 billion suns accepted the title of the most massive black hole for which a precise mass has been determined.<p>That's not to say …

Black Hole Consuming Matter Spotted by Hubble and ALMA

United Press International is a leading provider of news, photos and information to millions of readers around the globe via UPI.com and its …

Black Holes

What happens when you fall into a black hole? Ask the experts, live

What would happen to you if you fell into a black hole?<p>Four physicists who write scientific papers about this kind of thing will discuss the current falling-into-black-hole theories, and you can join in the conversation online, right here, beginning at noon PDT.<p>A black hole is the super-dense …

New 'Black Hole-Quasar' Discovery Baffles Astronomers

The most luminous objects in the universe keep getting more mysterious.<p>Astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar — an incredibly bright galactic core powered by a supermassive black hole — that current theory fails to predict.<p>Models predict that a quasar's light and heat should push nearby …

Scientists find black hole spewing iron, nickel in powerful jets

Has a black hole mystery just been solved?<p>Writing in the journal Nature, a team of scientists said it found traces of nickel and iron in the powerful jets shooting out of black hole candidate 4U 1630-47, a small black hole just a few times the mass of our sun. It may help solve a scientific puzzle …

Universe

What would the death of a black hole look like?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Frank Heile, PhD in physics from Stanford University:</b><p>Black holes do have a finite lifetime due …

Delving Into The Mystery Of Black Hole Jets

The concept of a black hole jet isn’t a new one, but we still have a lot to learn about the mixture of particles found in the vicinity of them. …

Universe

Is Dark Matter Made Of Tiny Black Holes?

A planet-hunting NASA spacecraft has detected no sign of moon-size black holes yet in the Milky Way galaxy, limiting the chances that such objects could make up most of the "dark matter" that has mystified scientists for decades.<p>Dark matter is one of the greatest scientific mysteries known — an …