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A dazzling photo of 'black hole' on Earth

A Korean satellite has caught an eye-catching view of an island in Mexico known for a deep, rocky hole and waters so dark that they earned it the name Holbox, a name that means "black hole."Full story

Mysterious Cosmic Blast a Hungry Black Hole?

Famous Black Hole Sheds New Light on Warped Space, Magnetic Fields

Black holes 'belching next meals into oblivion'

Cosmic Log: Black holes make space-time splash

No one's ever seen a black hole up close, but physicists can nevertheless visualize how two colliding black holes send ripples through space-time like waves on the ocean. Full story

Did black hole cause powerful star explosion?

A huge, powerful star explosion detonated in deep space last week — an ultra-bright conflagration that has astronomers scratching their heads over exactly how it happened. Full story

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Giant Black Holes May Be Smaller Than Previously Thought

Taking a look at a galactic collision

Findings might put a new spin on black holes

For fully mature black holes, time stands still

Some Gas-Guzzling Black Holes Nibble Without Gorging

Black holes grow with nibble here, nibble there

Obese Black Hole Lurks in Our Cosmic Backyard

Supersized black hole seen in small galaxy

Ginormous Black Hole May Solve Longstanding Mystery

Mystery deepens in origin of violent black holes


  Jan. 4: Nightly News Tuesday broadcast

As Obama returns, new battle lines drawn; Tea Party contingent arrives on Capitol Hill; Navy officer fired over lewd videos; Second deluge of dead birds falls in Southeast; Billions lost in earmarks black hole; Tax day delayed; Songwriter Gerry Rafferty dies; Precocious 'presidential scholar' video

  Money for nothing: Billions lost in earmarks black hole

While many members of the incoming congress have made it clear they want to do away with earmarks, an NBC News/USA Today investigation has found that billions of dollars allocated for those projects over the past 20 years have gone unspent. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

  Smashing time!

Researchers are trying to create the Big Bang conditions that led to the formation of the earth at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Harold Hastings with Hofstra Univ. explains the latest success in the project.

  Supercollider switches back on

Nov. 20: Scientists in Geneva, Switzerland said Friday that the world's largest atom-smasher is back up and running. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

  End of the world as we know it?

Sept. 10: MSNBC's Willie Geist takes a look at a recipe that has more security guards than the president, checks out the new Sarah Palin action figure, and talks about how the Earth may be sucked into a black hole sometime today.

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Artist's concept of what a future telescope might see in looking at the black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. Clumpy gas swirls around the black hole in an accretion disk, feeding the central beast. The black area at center is the black hole itself, defined by the event horizon, beyond which no

Wide-field composite image of the Double Quasar
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illustration of two black holes colliding
illustration of two black holes colliding

When two black holes merge, it is theorized a massive quantity of energy is released in the form of gravitational waves. But how would two black holes of very different masses interact?

Galactic center
Galactic center

A new color-coded image of the Milky Way's center highlights X-ray emissions from gas that has been heated by stellar explosions as well as outflows powered by our galaxy's central black hole.