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Supermassive black hole map is nightmare fuel

Scientists have created the largest ever supermassive black hole map. The map, which is featured in a paper in The Astrophysical Journal, showcases more than 1.3 million quasars found in space and time. The furthest black hole featured in the map existed when the universe was only 1.5 billion years old, over 12 billion years ago.The map itself is showcased in a video within the paper, and it’s somewhat terrifying to think of all those supermassive black holes bounding their way through our universe, including…

First-of-Its-Kind ‘Quantum Tornado’ Achieves Record-Breaking Black Hole Mimicry : ScienceAlert

A superfluid vortex controlled in a lab is helping physicists learn more about the behavior of black holes.A whirlpool generated in helium cooled to just a fraction above absolute zero mimics the gravitational environment of these objects to such high precision that it's giving unprecedented insight into how they drag and warp the space-time around them. "Using superfluid helium has allowed us to study tiny surface waves in greater detail and accuracy than with our previous experiments in water," explains physicist…

The Farthest Active Supermassive Black Hole Ever Found

Researchers using the James Webb Space Telescope have made groundbreaking discoveries in galaxy GN-z11, which is one of the most distant and luminous galaxies known. They identified a supermassive black hole responsible for the galaxy’s brightness and found a pristine gas clump that may lead to the discovery of the universe’s first stars, providing significant insights into cosmic evolution. (Artist’s concept.) Credit: SciTechDaily.comDelivering on its promise to transform our understanding of the early universe, the…

How Machine Learning Unravels Black Hole Mysteries

A new study using machine learning reveals that supermassive black-hole growth in galaxies necessitates cold gas in addition to mergers, challenging previous assumptions and enhancing our understanding of galaxy evolution. Credit: SciTechDaily.comIt takes more than a galaxy merger to make a black hole grow and new stars form: machine learning shows cold gas is needed too to initiate rapid growth.When they are active, supermassive black holes play a crucial role in the way galaxies evolve. Until now, growth was thought to…

New App Points You Toward the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

If you want to stay grounded—which is to say, you want a haunting reminder of your own diminutive size and mortality—do I have the tool for you. Meet Galactic Compass: an app which will point the user towards the whopping black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*.How Dave Bautista Raised His Game For Dune: Part TwoAs you read this article, you are hurtling through space on a spinning, wobbling sphere, which is itself spinning around a hot ball of gas at the center of our solar system. But if you zoom much,…

Astronomers Unravel the Mystery of the Universe’s Heaviest Black Hole Binary

The merging of two supermassive black holes is a phenomenon that has long been predicted, though never directly observed. One theory put forth by astronomers is that these systems are so massive that they deplete their host galaxy of the stellar material needed to drive their merger. Using archival data from the Gemini North telescope, a team of astronomers have found a binary black hole that provides strong evidence supporting this idea. The team estimates the binary’s mass to be a whopping 28 billion times that of the…

Saturday Citations: Will they or won’t they? A black hole binary refuses to merge. Plus: Vestigial eyeballs

"I know what you're thinking. Was that six eyes or only two? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda' lost track myself." Under a microscope, the head of a daddy longlegs glows magenta where its modern-day eyes form. Opsins shown in green indicate that two additional sets of vestigial eyes existed in an earlier stage of the animal's evolution. Credit: Guilherme Gainett It's been a long, eight-day leap…

Tubi’s new redesign wants to push you down the rabbit hole

Tubi knows that people fire up its app just to see what happens to be streaming rather than to search for one specific thing, and the platform is trying to embrace that reality about itself in the form of a playful new brand identity.Today, Tubi began rolling out a new look and feel for its login-free service that’s meant to emphasize how the streamer wants viewers falling down rabbit holes as they search through the thousands of films and series it has to offer. That was also the concept behind Tubi’s 2023 Super Bowl ad…

People Are Falling Down The “Where Is Kate Middleton?” Rabbit Hole With Wild Conspiracy Theories

From wild BBL accusations to a potential kidney donation for King Charles, Princess Kate Middleton’s almost two months public appearance hiatus has launched the Internet into a total frenzy, with new conspiracy theories growing crazier by the day.It all started in January 2024, when the Princess of Wales underwent abdominal surgery due to an undisclosed medical condition that reportedly did not involve cancer.The 42-year-old mother-of-three was subsequently hospitalized at The London Clinic, which resulted in the…

Supermassive Black Hole Challenges Cosmic Theories – “The Spectra Were Just Mind-Blowing”

A team of astronomers using the JWST has discovered an unusually red, gravitationally lensed supermassive black hole from the early universe, revealing it to be significantly larger relative to its host galaxy than previously observed examples. This finding challenges our understanding of the relationship between black holes and galaxies in the early cosmos. Credit: SciTechDaily.comJWST images reveal a supermassive black hole in the early universe, notable for its massive size compared to its host galaxy and obscured by…