Astronomers Discover Mysterious Black Hole As Massive As 12 Billion Suns

In a galaxy far, far away—12.8 billion light-years away to be more exact—is a newly-discovered supermassive black hole that weighs as much as 12 billion of our suns. The most surprising thing about the black hole, though, is not its size but its age. » 2/25/15 7:00pm 2/25/15 7:00pm

Black Hole Emits Ferocious Winds With the Energy of a Trillion Suns

A black hole and its galaxy are locked in a cosmic struggle, evolving in tandem and balancing each other's growth. In this artist's recreation, you can see cosmic winds howling out of supermassive black hole PDS 456. These winds are so strong that they prevent the galaxy from forming new stars. » 2/19/15 8:00pm 2/19/15 8:00pm

The Original Black Hole For Interstellar Was Too Confusing

One of the many reasons why Interstellar was such a wonderful movie was that it used genuine scientific equations to show what happens in the vicinity of a black hole. But, just like the actors in front of the camera, it seems the black hole also got a little make up to make it more presentable for the big screen. » 2/13/15 7:32am 2/13/15 7:32am

Here's Why Small Black Holes Are More Dangerous Than Big Ones

If you were going to travel close to a black hole in order to study it, which type should you choose? Most people would probably pick a smaller black hole, because it seems easier to avoid. But that's a fatal mistake. Small black holes can be far more dangerous than big ones, due to a terrifying process called… » 1/27/15 3:15pm 1/27/15 3:15pm

Stephen Hawking on Space Colonization, Villainy, and Predictive Text 

The fictional version of Stephen Hawking is getting a lot of attention thanks to the biopic The Theory of Everything. But real-life Stephen Hawking is far more badass than his big-screen counterpart. He's also up for discussing his theories on pretty much everything, as Wired's recent interview shows. » 1/13/15 11:33am 1/13/15 11:33am

Here Are Two Galaxies With Supermassive Black Hole Hearts Colliding

Hey there, human, want to feel some awe? Look at this newly released NASA image set of two galaxies, each with a supermassive black hole at its heart, colliding in a violent spiral of star stuff. Space is awesome, and thanks to improved telescope technology, we're seeing more and more of it every day. » 1/09/15 11:15am 1/09/15 11:15am

All The Best Images From NASA's Black Hole Friday

In a proud and noble tradition stretching back a whole two years, NASA yesterday did Black Hole Friday, rather than just flogging a few Apollo mini-figs for 25 percent off. We got science, we got knowledge, and of course, a bunch of jaw-dropping images of black holes. Here are the best. » 11/29/14 1:00pm 11/29/14 1:00pm

Rebuilding the Black Hole from Interstellar with DIY Effects

The black hole from Interstellar is the product of millions of dollars of movie magic, but maybe it didn't have to be. DIY effects extraordinaire Joey Shanks of Shanks FX made a pretty good poor man's version with just some sparkers and Photoshop. Spoilers, sort of. » 11/05/14 10:36am 11/05/14 10:36am

Watch What Would Happen If Two Black Holes Collided in the Milky Way

If you've ever wondered what the end of the Milky Way might look like, then perhaps it's a little like this. You're looking at a simulation of what would happen to our galaxy if two black holes somehow collided within it. » 11/05/14 7:45am 11/05/14 7:45am

Take a Sneak Peek Behind the Science of Interstellar

Wired just published a meaty feature on Kip Thorne and the science behind Interstellar. Thorne, one of the world's most celebrated theoretical physicists, worked with director Christopher Nolan to ensure that depictions of things like black holes and wormholes would be accurate in the film. And also spectacular. » 10/22/14 12:51pm 10/22/14 12:51pm

A Black Hole Doesn't Die -- It Does Something A Lot Weirder

Black holes are basically "game over, man," for anything that gets too close to them, but they aren't invincible. In fact, they're always in the process of self-destructing. We'll look at how they fizzle out, and see if we can help them do it faster. » 9/09/14 4:13pm 9/09/14 4:13pm

Scientists think there may be a wormhole in the center of our galaxy

If Zilong Li and Cosimo Bambi of the Fudan University in Shanghai are correct, what we thought was a massive blackhole in the center of our galaxy could be a wormhole that would allow instantaneous travel between two points in space and time. In fact, it may be the gateway to a different universe. » 5/28/14 7:18pm 5/28/14 7:18pm

NASA shows how neutron stars collide to form black holes

NASA Goddard has created an impressive supercomputer simulation of one of the most violent events in the Universe: A battle to the death between two neutron stars, ripping each other apart and colliding until they form a black hole. Even if it's just a simulation, looking at the scale and forces involved blows my mind. » 5/13/14 9:49pm 5/13/14 9:49pm

The Various Ways to Die Inside a Black Hole

Falling into a black hole never sounded like fun. How could it? Black holes are the darkest places in the universe, where not even light can escape the singularity's immense gravitational pull. It wouldn't be fun. But what, exactly, would happen? » 3/04/14 7:00pm 3/04/14 7:00pm

Supermassive Black Hole 'Indigestion' Is Super Gorgeous

On the other side of the universe, a supermassive black hole is devouring enormous quantities of matter and spewing material in a jet that's 150 light years long. One scientist identifies the situation as "black hole indigestion," and boy, is it pretty. » 10/17/13 12:41pm 10/17/13 12:41pm

These Stars May Look Mellow But They're Resisting A Huge Black Hole

Nothing is ever as tranquil as it seems. This image is pretty and has lots of fun, trippy colors. But all of that variation is being produced by gas, dust and other matter as whole galaxies fall into a supermassive black hole. Created from Hubble data, the image shows the cosmic tug-of-war going on in the Perseus… » 10/13/13 4:53pm 10/13/13 4:53pm

This Black Hole Spins at (Almost) the Speed of Light

NASA and the ESA have teamed up to measure how fast a black hole, that weighs 2 million times more than our sun, spins—and the result's mind boggling. » 2/28/13 6:40am 2/28/13 6:40am

The Biggest Ever Black Hole Weighs 17 Billion Times More Than the Sun

Every spiral galaxy has a supermassive black hole at its center, so they're no big deal, right? Wrong: scientists have just discovered the biggest ever black hole, which weighs 17 billion times as much as our Sun—and it throws previous thinking about the evolution of our universe into question. » 11/29/12 8:28am 11/29/12 8:28am

Scientists Discover Millions of Hidden Black Holes Eating Hot DOGs

Scientists have detected millions of previously hidden supermassive black holes surrounding us, some of them busily eating a thousand of newly discovered "extremely bright and extremely rare" galaxies called hot DOGs (Dust-Obscured Galaxies). Astronomy is fun! » 8/30/12 5:03pm 8/30/12 5:03pm

Ultra-Bright Burst of Light Marks the Death Throes of a Star Being…

Astronomers have solved the mystery of a gargantuan cosmic explosion first spotted in March: A black hole did it, by killing and eating a star the size of our sun. » 6/18/11 11:00am 6/18/11 11:00am