The joint discovery sheds light on the mystery of how some spiral galaxies obtained their central black hole.
A cosmic romance written in the stars
An international team of astronomers has taken a step forward in understanding the evolution of galaxies, and in so doing, told a story written in the heavens.
Swinburne | January 13, 2022
How You can Weigh Black Holes
The largest invisible monsters in our universe are hidden at the centres of galaxies, and we can predict how massive they are by the shape of spiral arms in their host galaxies. Here’s how you can take part in a global “citizen scie|nce” census of black holes.
Australasian Science | July/August 2019
How to weigh a black hole without getting off the couch
There’s a simple relationship between the angle of the arms of a spiral galaxy and the mass of the black hole at the galaxy’s heart
COSMOS | July 24, 2017
Spiral Arms Allow School Children to Weigh Black Holes
Strong relationship between a galaxy's spiral arms and its central black hole mass
Black hole masses can now be accurately estimated by anyone
Swinburne University of Technology | July 20, 2017
Why Galaxies Have Spiral Arms
Astronomers have found a unique trait of spiral arms that supports a longstanding idea about where these patterns come from.
Sky & Telescope | August 29, 2016
U of A Astrophysicists Discover Mechanism for Spiral-Arm Formation in Disk Galaxies
Astrophysicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a mechanism for the formation of the spiral arms in disk galaxies.
University of Arkansas | August 11, 2016