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Three Black Holes are Heading for a Galactic Smackdown

In a galaxy far, far away, three black holes are racing towards each other. Read More >>

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Google Researchers Are Studying Wormholes With Quantum Computers

Google researchers are figuring out how to study some of the weirdest theorised physics phenomena, like wormholes that link pairs of black holes, using experiments in a lab. Read More >>

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Gravitational Waves Could Uncover Missing-Link Black Holes

Scientists hope that the future of gravitational wave detection will allow them to directly observe a mysterious kind of black hole. Read More >>

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How the 2010s Changed Physics Forever

This decade marked not just one but a series of turning points in the history of physics. Read More >>

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How to Make a Black Hole in a Science Lab

Nearly 50 years ago – before Interstellar, A Brief History of Time, and certainly the Event Horizon Telescope – postdoctoral researcher William Unruh was attempting to explain black holes to a crowd at an Oxford University colloquium. There were no reference points with which to compare an object so dense that light cannot escape its warped gravity. So he devised his own little analogy: Imagine a waterfall, and a little fish accidentally swimming over its edge, too slow to swim against the water’s flow. The fish would forever be stuck at the bottom of the waterfall, never to return to its home. That’s basically what was happening to the light. Read More >>

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Simulations Show Black Holes Have Surprisingly Intimate Relationship With Host Galaxies

A new study is shedding light on the way galaxies interact with the incredibly massive black holes at their centres. Read More >>

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What If Planet Nine Is a Bowling-Ball-Sized Black Hole?

Some of the most distant rocks in our solar system act in a way that suggests there’s some massive object out there we haven’t been able to see. A planet? Maybe. But why not a small black hole? Read More >>

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These Three Supermassive Black Holes Could One Day Join Forces

Scientists have spotted the best evidence yet of a trio of supermassive black holes in apparently merging galaxies, a new paper reports. Read More >>

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Scientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win £2.4 Million Breakthrough Prize Award

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has awarded $21.6 million (£17.6 million) to winners of its 2020 Breakthrough Prizes, including a $3 million (£2.4 million) prize to 347 members of the black hole-imaging Event Horizon Telescope team. Read More >>

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Mystery Deepens Around Newly Detected Ripples in Space-Time

The true identity of last week’s purported neutron star-black hole merger may never be known, as follow-up searches for a source of the signal have turned up nothing. Read More >>

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Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Flashes From Our Galaxy’s Black Hole

An attempt to prove Einstein’s hallmark theory of gravity revealed something even freakier: an unprecedented flash from the black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Read More >>

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A Cool, Gassy Ring Has Been Detected Around Our Galaxy’s Gigantic Black Hole

Using the ALMA observatory, scientists have detected a previously undocumented band of cool gas wrapped around the black hole at the core of our galaxy. Read More >>

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What’s the Hottest Object in the Universe?

Thirty degrees might seem hot, when you’re sweating through your shirt in July—but on a cosmic scale it barely registers. The Sun itself is over 15 million degrees; and in a hottest-object contest, the Sun wouldn’t even rank. Scientists, in fact, have produced temperatures many times that, right here on Earth (in terms of kinetic energy in microscopic places). We reached out to a number of scientists for this week’s Giz Asks—astronomers and physicists—to find out what the hottest object in the universe actually is. Read More >>

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Laboratory Black Hole Shows Stephen Hawking Was Right, Obviously

Physicists have confirmed predictions of Stephen Hawking’s namesake theory of black holes using a black hole they constructed in their lab, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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Astronomers Make Movie of Black Hole Spinning Like a Top

Scientists around the world were able to create a short visualisation of an active black hole wobbling like a top, according to a new paper—an important observation for the field. Read More >>