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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 …

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Our galaxy is warping and astronomers have no idea why

March 4th, 2020

From our perch here on Earth, it’s impossible for most of us to notice changes happening in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers, on the other hand, have tools at their disposal that make observing trends in our galaxy a bit easier, and one development, in particular, is leaving scientists scratching their heads: The …

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Astronomers spot dead ‘monster’ galaxy lurking in deep space

February 5th, 2020

Over the years, scientists studying space have spotted countless galaxies in all different phases of their lives. From newborn galaxies churning out new stars to ancient clouds of stars that aren’t doing much of anything. As astronomers from the University of California, Riverside, describe in a new paper in The Astrophysical Journal, the galaxy labeled …

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NASA’s Hubble spots ‘flying saucer,’ but not the alien kind

December 24th, 2019

If science fiction flicks have taught us one thing, it’s that when aliens eventually discover our planet they’ll be arriving in flying discs that seem to defy gravity. These mythical “flying saucers” are a well-worn sci-fi trope, but NASA’s trusty Hubble Space Telescope just spotted a flying saucer of its own, only this one is …

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Hubble snaps ridiculously gorgeous shot of distant galaxy

December 7th, 2019

When astronomers peer deep into space, what they see is what they get. Humans have developed some seriously impressive imaging tools for observing faraway objects in space, but capturing images of something like a distant galaxy from multiple angles is impossible. Depending on the angle of a galaxy in relation to our planet, scientists may …

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Feast your eyes on this ‘dead’ nearby galaxy, thanks to Hubble

September 21st, 2019

Galaxies come in all shapes and sizes, and the galaxies most pleasing to the eye are always in the most recognizable shapes. Dramatic spirals with outstretched arms, bursting with newborn stars are always a jaw-dropping sight, after all. Messier 110 is most definitely not in that group. Messier 110 is what is known as an …

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NASA’s Spitzer just spotted a galaxy perfectly aligned with Earth

August 7th, 2019

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is capable of capturing some truly stunning snapshots of distant features in space, and usually, when we see images of vast spiral galaxies we get to see them face-first. A new photo shot by Spitzer of a distant galaxy called NGC 5866 is much different, but no less interesting. We don’t …