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black hole explosion

A black hole ‘burp’ devastated a distant galaxy cluster

March 6th, 2020

A black hole carved a hole right through the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is located some 390 million light years from Earth. Astronomers believe the explosion is the largest ever observed, besting the previous record-holder by a factor of five. The discovery is the subject of a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal. Visit BGR’s …

coronal mass ejection

NASA just spotted a nearby star throwing a temper tantrum

June 6th, 2019

We take it for granted most of the time, but the Sun is mighty important to our very existence. Without it, we wouldn’t be here at all, and scientists have worked tirelessly for centuries to learn as much about it as possible. But what we know about our own star doesn’t necessarily translate to others, …

universe mass

Here’s how NASA is searching for all the missing mass in the Universe

February 15th, 2019

Centuries of astronomical observation and technological advances have revealed a lot about the Universe we all call home, but it’s also raised plenty of new questions. Researchers have crunched a lot of numbers to try to make sense of the Big Bang and the billions of years that followed, but something just isn’t adding up. …

chandra safe mode

Now there’s something wrong with NASA’s Chandra spacecraft, too

October 14th, 2018

It’s been something of a rough week for NASA. First, news broke that the legendary Hubble space telescope has been forced to enter a safe mode in order to diagnose an issue with its gyroscopes. Then, Russia’s Soyuz rocket failed on its way to the International Space Station, delaying the trip of a NASA astronaut …