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
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 new NASA animation highlights the “super” in supermassive black holes.
NASA Animation Sizes Up the Universe's Biggest Black Holes
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
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
A new sonification turns X-ray “light echoes” from a black hole called V404 Cygni into sound.
'Listen' to the Light Echoes From a Black Hole
NASA's IXPE found that the flow of matter toward the black hole’s disk is more edge on than previously thought.
NASA's IXPE Reveals Shape, Orientation of Hot Matter Around Black Hole
NASA’s newest X-ray eyes are open and ready for discovery.
NASA's New IXPE Mission Begins Science Operations
NASA’s IXPE mission launched Thursday, December 9, 2021, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA Launches New Mission to Explore Universe's Most Dramatic Objects
NASA’s Roman will use its microlensing survey to provide the best opportunity yet to definitively detect solitary small black holes.
How NASA's Roman Telescope Will Uncover Lonesome Black Holes
Black holes are some of the most bizarre and fascinating objects in the cosmos – but they're invisible!
Black Holes: Seeing the Invisible!
For the first time, scientists mapped out the invisible magnetic fields pulsing through Centaurus A using infrared light.
Galactic Merger Warps Magnetic Fields
An international team of astronomers discovered a cosmic equivalent to Yellow Stone's Old Faithful geyser.
NASA Missions Help Investigate an ‘Old Faithful' Active Galaxy