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Confirmed: Black Holes are Magnetism-Powered Eating Machines

The long list of unanswered questions about black holes contains one particularly surprising item: How do they eat? Unlike many of the riddles that black holes pose, this one seems so simple: What do you mean we don’t know how things fall into a black hole?

STAFF December 3, 2015 — Seth Fletcher

Finding "Fringes": New Event Horizon Telescope Detections Start Trickling In

The technique that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) use to observe black holes is called Very Long Baseline Interferometry, or VLBI, but it might as well be called Extremely Delayed Gratification Astronomy: it can take weeks or months after an observing run to find out whether the telescope array actually saw anything.

STAFF May 22, 2015 — Seth Fletcher

Hunting Black Holes at the South Pole

Each of the telescopes that the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) are currently working to bring into their black-hole-observing, planet-size array is a special case.

STAFF February 26, 2015 — Seth Fletcher

The Black Hole in Interstellar Looks Amazingly Realistic

Wired has a fun piece about physicist and black-hole guru Kip Thorne's work on the film Interstellar, which comes out November 7. We've known the premise of the film for a long time: Earth is a disaster, the human race is on the verge of extinction, and mankind must find a new home.

STAFF October 23, 2014 — Seth Fletcher

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