How to track compact objects

More about the gravitational influence of black holes and neutron stars on their cosmic surroundings, from the orbits of nearby stars to accretion disks and the associated luminous phenomena.

First measurement of gravitational waves of colliding neutron stars

Not only merging black holes, but also neutron star pairs emit gravitational waves.

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Luminous disks: How black holes light up their surroundings

How the fact that black holes are very efficient in attracting surrounding matter leads to some of the most spectacularly luminous phenomena in the whole of the cosmos

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Active black holes: Ultra-hot cosmic beacons

What astronomers can see once a black hole has heated up its cosmic neighbourhood, stimulating it to emit bright radiation

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Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger

Albert Einstein predicted their existence back in 1916, and on 14 September 2015 they were directly detected for the first time: Gravitational waves. Two large interferometric detectors of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration with major contributions from German researchers detected the signal known as “GW150914”. The waves originate from the merger of two black holes and are the first direct observation of these exotic objects.

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The dark heart of the Milky Way

Information about the closest supermassive black hole – the central object of our own galaxy

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