An illustration of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
Part of the ALMA array, a set of 66 radio dishes in the Chilean desert.
A closer view of the central region of the Milky Way, where our galaxy’s supermassive black hole resides.
A radio observatory on the ground combined forces with two space telescopes to create this image of the center of our galaxy.
A distant galaxy spied by a NASA telescope features a ring of stars around its central black hole.
In addition to supermassive black holes, astronomers have found indirect evidence for lighter black holes littering various galactic hosts, including the outburst captured here by a NASA x-ray telescope.
Magenta spots reveal brilliant x-ray emissions from smaller black holes in the arms of a spiral galaxy.
A Hubble picture shows jets of high-speed particles spewing from the supermassive black hole at a galaxy’s heart.
A NASA telescope captured x-ray emissions from the vicinity of one of the most powerful supermassive black holes yet seen, a giant about 3.9 billion light-years away.