Neat video turns juggler into human black hole

This woman totally seems like she has harnessed the power of a black hole and can suck up all the light and everything around her. But it's just a nice little camera trick showing swinging burning steel wool in reverse. The light flies to her as she twists and turn but in reality, it's just being flung away. Still… » 1/09/15 9:40pm 1/09/15 9:40pm

How big is the Universe, explained in a way you will easily understand

The Royal Observatory of Greenwich, England, has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: What's inside a black hole, how do we know the age of the sun—did you know the Sun weighs 4,000 trillion trillion hippopotamuses?—and how big is the Universe. » 3/24/14 3:53pm 3/24/14 3:53pm

How would you die if you got swallowed by a black hole?

According to physicists, there are three, er, two and a half different theories on how a person would die if they got sucked in by a black hole: stretched like a spaghetti noodle, burnt like a toast and maybe even scrambled. Nova PBS explains that if the argument on how people would die if swallowed by a black hole… » 3/06/14 12:23am 3/06/14 12:23am

Our Universe Might Just Be Fourth-Dimensional Black Hole Vomit

Scientists are proposing a radical new way of think about how the universe began. In a new imagining of the Big Bang theory, they think it could have been the result of a four-dimensional star collapsing in on itself to form a black hole, which then proceeded to spew its guts out and, kindly, form our universe. » 9/27/13 9:59am 9/27/13 9:59am

This Animation Makes Stephen Hawking's Ideas Easier to Understand

Stephen Hawking. Theoretical Physicist. Cosmologist. Smart guy. Beyond genius, actually. Hell, very probably the best brain that us humans have right now. But so much of his intelligence is hard to grasp for less wrinkled brains like us. This animation, made by The Guardian as part of its Made Simple series, breaks… » 9/25/13 9:03pm 9/25/13 9:03pm

What 600 Billion Billion Kilometers of Quasar Light Looks Like

This might look like a strange microscopic image, or even an aerial view of a sprawling city late at night—but in fact it's what a 600-billion-billion-kilometre-wide section of the universe looks like. » 7/19/13 8:56am 7/19/13 8:56am

Watch a Massive Black Hole Snack on a Planet

Over 47 million light years away, in a galaxy called NGC 4845, there's one hungry black hole. In fact, scientists have watched in awe as, soon after it stirred from dormancy, it chomped away at a planet 30 times the mass of Jupiter. » 4/04/13 7:17am 4/04/13 7:17am

Scientists Think They Have Captured the Birth of a Black Hole

This stunningly trippy object is W49B, a supernova remnant 26,000 light years away from Earth. It's just a thousand years old, which in cosmological terms is not even a heartbeat in the life of a human. It may also be the birth place of a newborn black hole, the youngest ever detected in the galaxy. » 2/14/13 6:00pm 2/14/13 6:00pm

Our Galaxy's Black Hole Is Getting Angry

The black hole at the center of our galaxy isn't happy. In fact, it's spitting out its biggest X-ray flares ever, which are a hundred times more powerful than anything it's ever produced before. » 11/09/12 6:53am 11/09/12 6:53am

A Black Hole Devouring a Star Is One Hell of an Amazing View

Look at this star turned into a fire dragon by a single point of nothingness with the mass of three million suns—its body twisted and deformed as a black beast 2.7 billion light-years away devours it with infinite hunger. » 5/02/12 5:40pm 5/02/12 5:40pm

The 20 Million MPH Cosmic Hurricane Tearing Through Our Universe

If you thought space was a peaceful vacuum, think again: scientists have discovered the fastest winds ever observed on a stellar-mass black hole, and they reach an incredible 20 million mph. » 2/22/12 10:44am 2/22/12 10:44am

Astronomers Getting Ready to Take The First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

This is exciting. If everything goes well, we may get the first-ever photo of a black hole really soon. A big number of astronomers are getting ready to achieve this feat using a global network of telescopes: » 1/16/12 6:30pm 1/16/12 6:30pm

Watch the Supermassive Black Hole In the Center of Our Galaxy Eating…

We knew there was a gigantic black hole in the middle of our very own Milky Way. Now we have images of how this monster eats. This video shows it devouring a massive gas cloud. » 12/15/11 9:53am 12/15/11 9:53am

What a Black Hole Devouring a Star Looks Like

Back in late March, NASA's Swift satellite detected a strange and unusual energy explosion in the constellation Draco. NASA now knows what it was: "the awakening of a distant galaxy's dormant black hole as it shredded and consumed a star." » 8/24/11 3:17pm 8/24/11 3:17pm

This Supermassive Black Hole Fuels a Quasar 60 Trillion Times as Bright…

Sometimes I'm dissatisfied with this little spinning puffball we're stuck on, but then I see that there's a black hole out there with a mass of two billion of our suns, powering an unfathomably large quasar. Luckily, it's very distant! » 6/30/11 8:00pm 6/30/11 8:00pm

Heaviest Black Hole Yet Could Swallow Our Entire Solar System

The black hole in the nearby galaxy M87 weighs in at 6.6 billion suns, making it the local universe's heavyweight champ. It's big enough to swallow our solar system in one gulp. » 1/13/11 8:40am 1/13/11 8:40am

This Is What It's Like to Stare a Black Hole In the Eye

If you ever got close enough to a black hole to get this view, you'd be on your way to an extremely horrible death and possibly other universes. So, uh, thank goodness for the magic of the internet? » 12/07/10 6:00pm 12/07/10 6:00pm

For Sale: Atomic Bomb Detonator Cable, Only $5, Never Used

This cable is "used to detonate the charges in atomic bombs. It's perfectly legal to own these. They're relics from the atomic bomb development at Los Alamos National Laboratory." Only $5 at the Black Hole shop, in Los Alamos, NM. » 8/20/10 2:20pm 8/20/10 2:20pm

Large Hadron Collider A Success—And We're Still Alive! (We Think)

The scientists at CERN momentarily forgot how to speak like, well, scientists, and got a little carried away on Twitter after they successfully saw particle collisions for the first time. [CERN] » 3/30/10 7:37am 3/30/10 7:37am

Falling Inside a Black Hole

Have you ever wondered how wicked and weird the Universe would look as you free fall into a black hole at nearly the speed of light? Wonder no more, my dear Alice, and play this video. » 2/10/10 3:00pm 2/10/10 3:00pm