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Star Discovered in Closest Known Orbit Around Black Hole

Monday, March 13, 2017
Black hole

Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a…

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Galactic ‘Rain’ in Black Holes Regulates Star Formation

Thursday, June 9, 2016
An artist's rendering of cool gas clouds raining into a black hole located within a galaxy cluster known as Abell 2597. In a paper published in the journal Nature, astronomers detail this phenomenon, the first time researchers have detected the clouds plunging toward a black hole. Image credit: NRAO / AUI / NSF / Dana Berry / SkyWorks / ALMA / ESO / NAOJ.

For the first time ever, astronomers are watching a black hole, located in the center of a galaxy cluster 1 billion light years from Earth, prepare to feast…

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Solving the Mystery of Evaporating Black Holes

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Chris Adami

For decades physicists across the globe have been trying to unravel the mysteries of black holes – those cosmic monstrosities that devour everything in their paths, from various…

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MSU Astronomer Strader Earns Packard Fellowship

Friday, October 16, 2015
Jay Strader

Michigan State University astronomer Jay Strader has been named a fellow of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a prestigious award that honors the country’s most innovative early-career…

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Supernovas, Black Holes Curb Star Formation

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
supermassive black hole

Supernovas – explosions that mark the end of a star’s life – work hand-in-hand with supermassive black holes to sweep out gas and shut down galaxies’ star-forming factories. Recent research,…

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