In the aftermath of a titanic galactic battle, a merged black hole caused some waves.
A new study offers an unorthodox explanation for how supermassive black hole formed in the early Universe.
Many more might be lurking in the galaxy.
And things are about to get even more exciting.
What we do know is that it blasts enormously powerful X-rays into the void.
Astronomers used to think black holes feed exclusively on a hot gas and dust, but it seems they sometimes like to go out for ice cream.
We may actually get to see a black hole!
At the heart of virtually every galaxy, including the Milky Way, is a supermassive blackhole that’s anywhere from hundreds of thousands to billions of times more massive than the sun. How these cosmic bodies start off is still a subject of debate.
NGC 5195 and the Whirlpool Galaxy comprise one of the most noted interacting galaxy pairs in astronomy. The two galaxies are connected by a dust-rich tidal bridge. The dust in this tidal bridge can be seen silhouetted against the center of NGC 5195. This demonstrates that NGC 5195 appears to lie behind the Whirlpool Galaxy.