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How Giant Black Holes Spin: New Twist Revealed

A newly discovered way to determine the spin of monster black holes could help shed light on the evolution of these bizarre objects and the galaxies they anchor. Full story

Crazy-Dense Neutron Stars Reveal Their Secrets

Scientists have uncovered a new key to understanding the strange workings of neutron stars — objects so dense they pack the mass of multiple suns into a space smaller than a city. Full story

Space Cloud Ripped Apart by Milky Way's Giant Black Hole

Astronomers have spied a huge gas cloud being pulled like taffy around the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. Full story

Black Hole's Guts Modeled in Supercomputer Simulation

The inner workings of black holes are a bit clearer thanks to a supercomputer simulation that showed how matter falling into black holes emits light. Full story

Obese Black-Hole Galaxies Could Reveal Quasar Secrets

Gluttonous black holes in the center of some galaxies could be precursors to the brightest objects in the known universe. Full story

Black Holes May Have Been Common in Early Universe

Black holes may have been abundant among the first stars in the universe, helping explain the origin of the supermassive monsters that lurk at the heart of galaxies today, researchers say. Full story

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  Galaxy secrets revealed by Hubble telescope

Images of Messier 106, a spiral galaxy 20 million light years away, reveal an active black hole and four spiral arms. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Black holes serve as galactic tag team

Imagery from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory reveals a pair of supermassive black holes in NGC 3393, a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way.

  Researchers see black hole devour star

Using observation equipment on the ISS, researchers see a black hole swallow a star. Msnbc.com's Al Stirrett reports.

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A galaxy cluster about 1.3 billion light years from Earth with a large elliptical galaxy in its center.

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