When galaxies crash, black holes devour stars

/ Mar 11, 2017

When galaxies crash, black holes devour stars

Supermassive black holes rip up and devour hapless stars a hundred times more frequently than thought, according to recent research. Scientists had previously calculated that such cosmic cannibalism was extremely rare, happening once every 10,000 to 100,000 years per galaxy. These so-called tidal disruption events had ...

/ Sep 4, 2014

New map shows Milky Way lives in Laniakea galaxy complex

The Milky Way galaxy resides on the outskirts of a massive, previously unknown galaxy super-cluster scientists have named Laniakea, from Hawaiian words for "immeasurable heaven." The discovery, reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature, stems from a new mapping technique that combines not ...