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Astronomers just spotted a black hole so huge it technically shouldn’t exist

November 29th, 2019

Astronomers in China have discovered something that technically shouldn’t even exist, at least according to what humans understand about space, black holes, and physics. Peering into space, the team of scientists spotted a black hole at a distance of around 15,000 light-years from Earth. What makes this cosmic feature so interesting is that it’s many …

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Is there a black hole hiding right here in our solar system?

September 30th, 2019

Way out on the edge of our solar system something big is lurking that has yet to be identified. Astronomers know it’s there because they can see the way other objects are affected by its gravitational pull, but nobody’s been able to actually determine what it is. There’s plenty of theories, including a planet — …

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NASA spots distant star being torn apart by a hungry black hole

September 29th, 2019

Black holes are devastatingly powerful forces of nature, and nothing demonstrates their incredible might quite like seeing one tear apart a star. Recently, NASA’s sky-scanning TESS satellite caught a glimpse of that exact scenario playing out at the heart of a galaxy 375 million light-years away. In a new paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, …

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This black hole animation from NASA is glorious

September 26th, 2019

Scientists may know more about black holes today than ever before, but that doesn’t make them any easier to see. By their very nature, black holes swallow up light that gets too close, and the best (and, so far, only) image we’ve seen of an actual black hole still leaves a lot to the imagination. …