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Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds

Rare glimpse of a black hole’s magnetic field could help us to understand how it feeds Black hole Cygnus X. NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Carole Mundell, University of Bath Encountering a black hole would be a frightening prospect for our planet. We know that these cosmic monsters ferociously […]

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

This artist's concept shows the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered. It is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Credits: Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find […]

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

This computer simulation shows the collision of two black holes, which produces gravitational waves. Credits: SXS

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

Listening for Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space. So far, there have been five detections of gravitational waves, […]

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis crashed its host website – here’s what it says in simple terms

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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis crashed its host website – here’s what it says in simple terms

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis crashed its host website – here’s what it says in simple terms James Geach, University of Hertfordshire The PhD thesis of perhaps the world’s most famous living scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, was recently made publicly available online. It has proved so […]

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet, Author provided

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars

At last, we’ve found gravitational waves from a collapsing pair of neutron stars Artist’s impression of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the latest gravitational waves detected. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet, Author provided David Blair, University of Western Australia After […]

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves

The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW. David Smyth/CSIRO, Author provided

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves

After the alert: radio ‘eyes’ hunt the source of the gravitational waves The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW. David Smyth/CSIRO, Author provided Tara Murphy, University of Sydney and David Kaplan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee At 11:21pm Sydney time on Thursday August 17, 2017, an […]

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project Eric Thrane, Monash […]

Experiments simultaneously detect gravitational waves – and help open up a new era of astronomy

Virgo detector in Italy. Virgo collaboration

Experiments simultaneously detect gravitational waves – and help open up a new era of astronomy

Experiments simultaneously detect gravitational waves – and help open up a new era of astronomy Virgo detector in Italy. Virgo collaboration. Ed Daw, University of Sheffield The detection of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space itself – by the LIGO collaboration last […]

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

Radio astronomy may reveal more about the supermassive black hole, typically found at the heart of many galaxies. ESO/L. Calçada/Artists impression, CC BY

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy Antennas of the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) at CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. CSIRO, Author provided Ray Norris, Western Sydney University Radio astronomy is undergoing a major boost, with new technology gathering data […]