A giant black hole ripped apart a nearby star and then continued to feed off its remains for close to a decade, according to new research. This black hole meal is more than 10 times longer than any other previous episode of a star's death.
By analyzing the gas motion of an extraordinarily fast-moving cosmic cloud in a corner of the Milky Way, astronomers found hints of a wandering black hole hidden in the cloud. This result marks the beginning of the search for quiet black holes; millions of such objects are expected to be floating in the Milky Way although only dozens have been found to date.
A research group has revealed a picture of the increasing fraction of massive star-forming galaxies in the distant universe. Massive star-forming galaxies in the distant universe, about 5 billion years ago, trace large-scale structure in the universe. In the nearby universe, about 3 billion years ago, massive star-forming galaxies are not apparent.
A new tool called EEGGL - short for the Eruptive Event Generator (Gibson and Low) and pronounced 'eagle' - helps map out the paths of these magnetically structured clouds, called coronal mass ejections or CMEs, before they reach Earth.
A group of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes in space and on the ground to observe five galaxies in order to arrive at an independent measurement of the Hubble constant.
If a star wanders too close to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, the black hole's powerful gravity rips the star apart, sending a long streamer of gas whipping outward. New research shows that not only can the gas gather itself into planet-size objects, but those objects then are flung throughout the galaxy in a game of cosmic 'spitball'.