A unique experiment to explore black holes

Supermassive black holes, with masses ranging from millions to billions of Suns, sit at the core of most massive galaxies across the Universe. We don't know exactly how these huge, enormously dense objects took shape, nor what triggers a fraction of them to start devouring the surrounding matter at extremely intense rates, radiating copiously ac...

Galaxies consist of star-forming regions sparkling as fireworks

It is one of the main unsolved problems in astrophysics to determine the physical mechanisms driving star formation. A team of scientists led by Diederik Kruijssen at Heidelberg University and Andreas Schruba at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics has now managed for the first time to reconstruct the time-evolution of interstel...

Juno Finds Changes in Jupiter's Magnetic Field

Galaxy Blazes with New Stars Born from Close Encounter

One doesn't need a Ph.D. in astrophysics to recognize there is something odd-looking about this otherwise beautiful galaxy, NCG 4485. Like the Batman character Two-Face, one side looks normal, but the other side looks contorted with a firestorm of star formation going on. Why the colorful asymmetry in an island star city many thousands of light-...