In a first, astronomers watch a black hole’s corona disappear, then reappear

A colliding star may have triggered the drastic transformation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Astronomers detect regular rhythm of radio waves, with origins unknown

Signal from 500 million light years away is the first periodic pattern of radio bursts detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Event Horizon Telescope observes a black hole-powered jet

MIT Haystack Observatory researchers coauthor a paper announcing the observation of a surprising structure in a distant quasar, 3C 279.

Nancy Wolfe Kotary | MIT Haystack Observatory • mit
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

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The billion-year belch

Michael Calzadilla and colleagues describe a violent black hole outburst that provides new insight into galaxy cluster evolution.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 23, 2019 ~6 min

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Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Nov. 20, 2019 ~8 min

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Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 12, 2019 ~8 min

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Physicists design an experiment to pin down the origin of the elements

With help from next-generation particle accelerators, the approach may nail down the rate of oxygen production in the universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 20, 2019 ~9 min

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3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections

“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~6 min

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LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release)

MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2019 ~8 min

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Quantum measurement could improve gravitational wave detection sensitivity

Research could enable a new suite of experiments to measure quantum activity at room temperature.

Brittany Flaherty | School of Science • mit
May 1, 2019 ~10 min

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