Black Hole Week
Explore the Universe
Learn about the history of our universe, what it’s made of, and the forces that shape it.
Discover the galactic menagerie and learn how galaxies evolve and form some of the largest structures in the cosmos.
Explore what we know about black holes, the most mysterious objects in the universe, including their types and anatomy.
Delve into the life history, types, and arrangements of stars, as well as how they come to host planetary systems.
Black Holes News
A new collection of stunning images highlights data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes.
A Fab Five: New Images with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
When a star strays too close to a black hole, gravitational forces create tides that break the star apart into a stream of gas.
NASA's Swift Learns a New Trick, Spots a Snacking Black Hole
A powerful satellite called XRISM is set to provide astronomers with a revolutionary look at the X-ray sky.
JAXA, NASA XRISM Mission Ready for Liftoff
Astronomers have made a thorough forensic study of a star that was torn apart when it ventured too close to a giant black hole.
A Giant Black Hole Destroys a Massive Star
A new satellite called XRISM (X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission) aims to pry apart high-energy light into the equivalent of an X-ray rainbow.
XRISM Mission To Study ‘Rainbow' of X-rays
Scientists have found evidence of a universal background of gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time.
15 Years of Radio Data Reveals Evidence of Space-Time Murmur
Astronomers discovered an arrangement of 10 galaxies that existed just 830 million years after the big bang.
NASA's Webb Identifies the Earliest Strands of the Cosmic Web
In a study published June 7, in the journal Science Advances, scientists used NuSTAR to observe unique characteristics of the BOAT gamma-ray burst.
Brightest Cosmic Explosion Ever Detected Had Other Unique Features
Astronomers have come up with some of their best evidence yet for the presence of an "intermediate-sized" black hole.
NASA's Hubble Hunts for Intermediate-Sized Black Hole Close to Home
Astronomers used Chandra X-ray Observatory to make a map of the hot gas (pink) in and around M84.
'H' is for Hot and Huge in Chandra Image
Can a star be squeezed like a tube of toothpaste or stretched out like a piece of spaghetti? If there's a black hole nearby, maybe.
What Happens When Something Gets ‘Too Close' to a Black Hole?
Two neutron stars begin to merge in this illustration, blasting a jet of high-speed particles and producing a cloud of debris.
Neutron Stars Collide
A supercomputer simulation shows what kind of light gas would produce around supermassive black holes as they merge.
A Mesmerizing Model of Monster Black Holes
A new NASA animation highlights the “super” in supermassive black holes.
NASA Animation Sizes Up the Universe's Biggest Black Holes
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the lenticular galaxy NGC 3489.
Hubble Observes an In-between Galaxy
For the first time, astronomers have measured the three-dimensional shape of one of the biggest and closest elliptical galaxies to us, M87.
Giant Galaxy Seen in 3D by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Keck Observatory
This supermassive black hole has left behind a never-before-seen 200,000-light-year-long "contrail" of newborn stars.
Hubble Sees Possible Runaway Black Hole Creating a Trail of Stars
Using Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, astronomers have discovered a pair of gravitationally bound quasars.
Hubble Unexpectedly Finds Double Quasar in Distant Universe
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows Z 229-15, a celestial object that lies about 390 million light-years from Earth.
Hubble Views an Intriguing Active Galaxy
On Oct. 9, 2022, a pulse of intense radiation swept through the solar system so exceptional that astronomers quickly dubbed it the BOAT.
NASA Missions Study What May Be a 1-In-10,000-Year Gamma-ray Burst
This image features a galaxy called 3C 297 that is lonelier than expected after it likely pulled in and absorbed its former companion galaxies.
Chandra Helps Astronomers Discover a Surprisingly Lonely Galaxy
A new study using Chandra X-ray Observatory has tracked two pairs of supermassive black holes in dwarf galaxies.
NASA's Chandra Discovers Giant Black Holes on Collision Course
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have recorded a star's final moments in detail as it gets gobbled up by a black hole.
Hubble Finds Hungry Black Hole Twisting Captured Star Into Donut Shape
Hundreds of black holes previously hidden, or buried, have been found using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Astronomers Dig Out Buried Black Holes with NASA's Chandra
NASA's Swift and Fermi missions detected a high-energy gamma-ray burst about 1 billion light-years away.
NASA Missions Probe Game-Changing Cosmic Explosion