The results could have significant implications for space weather prediction, particle physics experiments on Earth and our understanding of the sun's atmosphere.
"Imagine condensing two-thirds of the Milky Way—which has a stellar mass equivalent to 60 billion suns—into a black hole and you have what we measured," said researcher Roberto Saglia.
The explosion occurred on the surface of a pulsar around 11,000 light-years away.
"I can't believe we are the only living entity in the universe," Didier Queloz said
Black holes are dead stars that, after exploding as supernovae, have so much mass that nothing can hold them together, causing them to collapse into a singularity.
Researchers estimate that the explosion lasted for approximately 300,000 years.
Five years ago scientists proposed the hypothetical existence of a large world tens of millions of miles from the Sun, which has come to be known as "Planet Nine."
"Simulations and movies like these really help us visualize what Einstein meant when he said that gravity warps the fabric of space and time," the creator of the images said.
A team of astronomers has discovered the "fastest eclipsing white dwarf binary" star system in the known universe.
The observatory is expected to map around 100,000 galaxy clusters—the largest known gravitationally bound structures in the universe—and three million supermassive black holes.
Astronomers have measured the spin rate of five, distant supermassive black holes for a study published in the Astrophysical Journal.
The probe will use gravity like a slingshot on its seven-year voyage to Mercury.
The discovery could help unlock the secrets of the formation of the universe.
The latest findings shed new light on supernova explosions and the late stages of stellar evolution.
Scientists think that at the heart of nearly every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole (SMBH) with immense gravity.
The finding shines new light on our understanding of the cosmos.
This is the first time astronomers have directly imaged the brutal phenomenon.
If proven correct, the theory could revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos.
The event horizon is the point of no return beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape the immense gravitational pull of the black hole.