This week we talk about the discovery of a planet around Alpha Centauri, a flash from the Milky Way supermassive black hole, an afterburner jet from a black hole, new space debris in low Earth orbit, the smallest yet observed supermassive black hole, and thirty two fish delivered to the ISS. We are joined by Jason Major, Nancy Atkinson, Amy Shira Teitel, and Nicole Gugliucci.
The Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of surprisingly hot gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Read Post
Astronomers have discovered that modest black holes can shut down star formation by producing turbulence. High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy's star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called "red ... Read Post
The discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy (image above) in a blistering 11-and-a-half years—the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole has been report... Read Post