Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

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Wormholes may be lurking in the universe – and new studies are proposing ways of finding them

Calculations show that wormholes should create a spectacular display of gamma rays that we could try to observe.

Andreea Font, Senior Lecturer of Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Where did this galaxy’s supermassive black hole go?

Researchers have been on the hunt for a missing supermassive black hole that should be in the central galaxy of cluster Abell 2261, but isn't.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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A technique to sift out the universe’s first gravitational waves

Identifying primordial ripples would be key to understanding the conditions of the early universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Hsin-Yu Chen on treading lightly when dating the universe

MIT postdoc finds the angle at which we view neutron star collisions could significantly impact age measurements.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute • mit
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Rogue planets: hunting the galaxy's most mysterious worlds

Not all planets orbit stars. Rogues float through the galaxy in darkness and are almost impossible to see.

Jacco van Loon, Astrophysicist and Director of Keele Observatory, Keele University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons

The scariest beast in the universe has an insatiable appetite and shreds its victims.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Designing new mirror materials for better gravitational-wave detection

Nicholas Demos, a first-generation college graduate and MathWorks Fellow in MIT’s Kavli Institute, is improving our ability to listen to the cosmos.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Black holes need the right ingredients to fire stuff into space

New research may provide clues to the mystery of why some supermassive black holes launch jets of material out into space while others don't.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Nobel Prize: how Penrose, Genzel and Ghez helped put black holes at the centre of modern astrophysics

Roger Penrose helped resurrect Einstein's general theory of relativity, and Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez showed there was a black hole in the middle of our galaxy.

Andrew King, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Leicester • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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