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first image of Milky Way's black hole

This is the first image of our galaxy’s black hole

May 12th, 2022

Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the Milky Way’s black hole. The existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy has been a possibility for many years. However, now, an image captured by the Event Horizon Telescope provides irrefutable evidence that it is indeed a black hole.

Planets of the solar system

Scientists discovered a massive new world and they have no idea how it formed

December 30th, 2021

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope—yes, that’s actually the name—has discovered a brand-new world. The planet in question is located 325 light-years away from Earth, in the Centaurus constellation. The planet itself orbits b Centauri, a two-star system that you can often see with the naked eye. Scientists say that this star system is …

cosmic butterfly

This massive cosmic butterfly is pure galactic eye candy

July 31st, 2020

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have captured the most detailed images yet of a planetary nebula that looks like a brightly colored butterfly. The impressive shape is made of gasses in space, surrounding a pair of stars. Scientists believe one of the stars recently blew its top, sending gasses flying and creating the unique …

baby planet

Astronomers think they just watched a planet be born

May 21st, 2020

A baby planet was just spotted by scientists using the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The object, a swirling mass of matter surrounding a central point in space, is believed to be the first in-progress planet spotted by scientists. As telescope technology improves, our ability to study and understand what is happening in other star …

black hole photo

We’re probably about to see the first-ever photograph of a black hole

April 2nd, 2019

Black holes are so strange that they’re kind of hard to wrap your brain around. They’re super-dense objects with gravitational pull so strong that nothing can escape them and, while we know they exist, astronomers have never actually photographed one. Weird, right? When it comes to spotting a black hole the distance is really what …

dying star photo

This is what a star looks like when it dies

January 23rd, 2019

Our Sun is one of the reasons we’re all here today and we simply couldn’t exist without it, but it won’t be around forever. At some point far in the future our Sun will die, and when it does it’ll probably look a lot like this image captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large …

star cluster photo

New telescope camera snaps gorgeous image of distant star cluster

July 11th, 2018

NASA regularly delivers outer space eye candy snapped with its various telescopes, but the European Southern Observatory has plenty of star-gazing power as well, and it just released a new piece of “celestial art” that will stand toe-to-toe with any space photo you’ve ever seen. Captured with the newly installed HAWK-I infrared imager on the …