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NASA Smiles with First X-Ray Data from NuSTAR

There is definitely a grin on NASA's countenance as NuSTAR (NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) is providing the astronomers with its extraordinary X-ray images of cosmos.

Cosmic mystery of the gobbling black holes revealed

Space enlightenment again! Heard about the giant gravitational ogres- the huge black holes? Astronomers believe they may have the reason why the black holes are so indiscriminately ingesting their quarry.

Milky Way’s Black Hole Consuming Large Asteroids

A giant Black Hole situated at the center of our galaxy is eating asteroids and emitting huge flares daily according to the astronomers.

Cosmic blast in distant galaxy leaves NASA baffled

A rare cosmic sight burst at the center of a distant galaxy has befuddled scientists at NASA.

Astronomers confirm 'nearby' black hole

Cambridge, Mass. -- The light from a supernova seen by an amateur astronomer in 1979 may be hiding a black hole formed when the massive star collapsed, U.S. astronomers say.

Powerful instruments including NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory have now observed the supernova located 50 million light years from Earth and provided strong evidence of a black hole hidden behind the light emitted from the explosion, Britain's The Independent reported Thursday.

Data from the various observations revealed a strong reading of X-rays from the supernova that remained steady from 1995 to 2007, suggesting the object is a black hole being fed by material falling back into it.

Youngest, closest black hole suspected

Cambridge, Mass. -- U.S. astronomers say they've have found evidence of the youngest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood, providing a chance to watch one develop from infancy.

The 30-year-old object is a remnant of a supernova in a galaxy approximately 50 million light years from Earth, and could help scientists understand how stars explode, which ones leave behind black holes or neutron stars, and the number of black holes in our galaxy and elsewhere, a NASA release said Monday.

Black hole 'evicted' star from Milky Way

Cambridge, Mass. -- A "hypervelocity" star speeding out of our galaxy was sent on its way by a violent encounter with a black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, scientists say.

The hypervelocity star is one of the fastest ever detected, heading out of our galaxy at a speed of 1.6 million mph, a Space Telescope Science Institute release said Thursday.

The star was the lone survivor of a trio of stars that wandered too close to the black hole, which captured one and threw the other two out of the Milky Way with such violence they coalesced into a single super-hot blue star, scientists say.

McCartney plays at the White House

The Obamas enjoyed the performance of a legendary Beatle on Wednesday night. Sir Paul McCartney performed at the East Room of the White House, after accepting the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the President.

'Black hole' at atomic scale demonstrated

Cambridge, Mass. -- U.S. physicists say they have discovered atoms spiral toward a charged carbon nanotube, displaying dramatic acceleration before splitting apart.

Harvard University researchers said their findings mean carbon nanotubes -- long touted for applications in materials and electronics -- might also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes.

The scientists said they've found a high-voltage nanotube can cause cold atoms to spiral inward under dramatic acceleration before violently disintegrating. They said their experiments are the first to demonstrate something akin to a black hole at atomic scale.

'Black hole' at atomic scale demonstrated

Cambridge, Mass. -- U.S. physicists say they have discovered atoms spiral toward a charged carbon nanotube, displaying dramatic acceleration before splitting apart.

Harvard University researchers said their findings mean carbon nanotubes -- long touted for applications in materials and electronics -- might also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes.

The scientists said they've found a high-voltage nanotube can cause cold atoms to spiral inward under dramatic acceleration before violently disintegrating. They said their experiments are the first to demonstrate something akin to a black hole at atomic scale.