Black Holes

Black Holes

Current reporting on the mass monsters in the universe and in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy

The active galaxy Centaurus A has made history in radio astronomy more

The Event Horizon Telescope takes a close-up of the nearest radio galaxy more

Detectors receive gravitational waves from two gravity traps that swallow neutron stars in one piece more

The cosmic mass monsters clear the way for the formation of new suns in satellite galaxies more

eRosita observes previously quiescent galaxies which suddenly switch on in X-rays more

Nineteen observatories worldwide are carefully examining the centre of the giant galaxy M 87 at all possible wavelengths more

Observations with the Event Horizon Telescope show polarised radio emission in the heart of the galaxy M87 more

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

New LIGO/Virgo catalog contains 50 signals, several from unusual sources more

Emmanuelle Charpentier honoured with the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Reinhard Genzel wins Nobel Prize in Physics more

The Event Horizon Telescope takes a close-up of the nearest radio galaxy more

Detectors receive gravitational waves from two gravity traps that swallow neutron stars in one piece more

The cosmic mass monsters clear the way for the formation of new suns in satellite galaxies more

Nineteen observatories worldwide are carefully examining the centre of the giant galaxy M 87 at all possible wavelengths more

Observations with the Event Horizon Telescope show polarised radio emission in the heart of the galaxy M87 more

Emmanuelle Charpentier honoured with the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Reinhard Genzel wins Nobel Prize in Physics more

The Max Planck director is honoured for his observations of the black hole in the galactic center more

Astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope conclude from archive data how the surroundings of the mass monster in the galaxy M 87 have changed more

Far-away black hole collision is the most massive and most distant ever observed by the detectors LIGO und Virgo more

The active galaxy Centaurus A has made history in radio astronomy more

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

The idea that black holes exist dates back to the 18th century more

Like a huge spiral, the Milky Way floats in space more

Interview with Reinhard Genzel on his observation of an effect of the general theory of relativity more

This cosmic event was also observed in visible light and provides an explanation for gamma-ray bursts more

The cosmic ripples were not only observed by the two Ligo observatories in the USA, but also the Italian detector Virgo more

LIGO observes a signal, which was once again discovered at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover more

Twin jets pinpoint the heart of an active galaxy more

Researchers observe a signal originating from two merging black holes of about 14 and 8 solar masses more

Interview with Reinhard Genzel, director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and architect of the 30-year programme that led to the discovery of the Schwarzschild precession around the black hole at the heart of our Milky Way. Genzel describes the general relativity effect observed by his team and how it can be used to study the galactic gravity trap. more
Albert Einstein predicted their existence in the last century, but thought it would be impossible to discover them. Astronomers are now looking for them, nevertheless: gravitational waves. more
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