Researchers are attempting to create an Earth-size virtual instrument called the Event Horizon Telescope; a worldwide network of radio telescopes powerful enough to snap a picture of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy.
When Galaxies Collide: How The First Super-Massive Black Holes Were Born - Two black holes merge to become a supermassive black hole. It is thought that the first supermassive black hole was created 13 billion years ago.
NASA telescope catches black hole's rare light show
This infographic explains a popular theory of active supermassive black holes, referred to as the unified model -- and how new data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is at conflict with the model.
Are Supermassive Black Holes Going to Eat the Universe?
In X-ray light, a giant purple cloud can be seen in the center of the Hercules A galaxy. The cloud is being heated to multimillion degrees by energy generated by the infall of matter into the hungry black hole at the galaxy's center. This supermassive black hole is 1,000 times as massive as the black hole in the middle of the Milky Way galaxy. Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO, Optical: NASA/STScI, Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA
Clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes.