The MIT-led Cosmic Explorer project aims to detect gravitational waves from the earliest universe.
The next run will be the most sensitive search yet for gravitational waves.
The event was spotted in infrared data — also a first — suggesting further searches in this band could turn up more such bursts.
The observations will help astronomers pin down the physics of the plasma around black holes.
The 2D map of this “disk wind” may reveal clues to galaxy formation.
Current measurements of black holes are not enough to nail down how the invisible giants form in the universe, researchers say.
Those selected for these positions receive additional support to pursue their research and develop their careers.
The observations could illuminate how supermassive black holes feed and grow.
New observations show the deepest parts of the quasar's plasma jet in a project led by MIT Haystack Observatory.
The stars circle each other every 51 minutes, confirming a decades-old prediction.
Two MIT professors and five alumni recognized for outstanding contributions to astronomy research, education, and communication.
The image reveals a glowing, donut-shaped ring at the Milky Way’s heart.