Astronomers observe evolution of a black hole as it wolfs down stellar

Halo of highly energized electrons around the black hole contracts dramatically during feeding frenzy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 9, 2019 ~8 min

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LIGO and Virgo announce four new gravitational-wave detections

The observatories are also releasing their first catalog of gravitational-wave events.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2018 ~9 min

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Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding? | MIT News

Signals from rare black hole-neutron star pairs could pinpoint rate at which universe is growing, researchers say.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 12, 2018 ~9 min

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Dense stellar clusters may foster black hole megamergers | MIT News

Black holes in these environments could combine repeatedly to form objects bigger than anything a single star could produce.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2018 ~9 min

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Center for Theoretical Physics celebrates 50 years | MIT News

Symposium explores how novel ideas and experiments are advancing many areas of theoretical physics in newly interconnected ways.

Scott Morley | Center for Theoretical Physics • mit
March 28, 2018 ~12 min

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Scientists detect radio echoes of a black hole feeding on a star | MIT News

Signals suggest black hole emits a jet of energy proportional to the stellar material it gobbles up.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 18, 2018 ~8 min

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Modeling the universe | MIT News

MIT's Mark Vogelsberger and an international astrophysics team have created a new model pointing to black holes’ role in galaxy formation.

Julia Keller | School of Science • mit
Jan. 31, 2018 ~7 min

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Scientists observe supermassive black hole in infant universe | MIT News

Findings present a puzzle as to how such a huge object could have grown so quickly.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 6, 2017 ~7 min

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3Q: Scott Hughes on cosmic distances and the future of gravitational wave astronomy | MIT News

Professor of physics describes our understanding of the expansion of the universe through “standard sirens.”

Julia C. Keller | School of Science • mit
Oct. 16, 2017 ~9 min

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MIT physicist Rainer Weiss shares Nobel Prize in physics | MIT News

LIGO inventor and professor emeritus of physics recognized “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 3, 2017 ~12 min

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