The black hole is located at the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 3147 around 130 million light-years away from Earth.
Astronomers have measured the spin rate of five, distant supermassive black holes for a study published in the Astrophysical Journal.
Computer simulations points to a new theory on how the universe's first giant black holes came to be—and soon scientists will be able to test it for real.
The galaxy belongs to a recently discovered, rare and unusual class of stellar systems known as ultracompact dwarfs.
The theory of general relativity, which describes the nature of gravity, revolutionized science after its publication in 1915.
The image reveals in incredible detail a fiery region surrounding the supermassive black hole that lies at the heart of the Milky Way.
The incredible discovery will help astronomers unlock the secrets of the universe's very first galaxies.
"It was surprising, but you like to be surprised in science."
Light from the jets can outshine entire galaxies.
The planets face supernovas, gamma-ray bursts and gravity-disrupting stars in the crowded center of the Milky Way.
Unfortunately for black holes, we can still take pictures.
"Growing black holes behave like babies that become too energetic and throw their food off the table once they eat enough."
"This is remarkable that the supermassive black hole is able to impact stars forming at such large distances."
How do you take a picture of a giant and invisible object?
The black holes were the closest orbiting pair ever discovered.
Object found hiding in a cloud of molecular gas believed to be an elusive type of black hole.
Scientists' observations could help us understand what could happen to our own galaxy in the future.