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Universe biggest black hole

The universe’s hungriest black hole eats three suns per week

May 15th, 2018

Scientists at the Australian National University have discovered the Universe’s fastest-growing black hole, a monster that gobbles up a mass the same size as Earth’s Sun once every two days. The black hole, which appeared to have the mass of 20 billion suns at the time its light was emitted, is growing by around one …

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This ‘singing’ space cloud is where stars and planets are born

May 11th, 2018

Long before our Sun formed it was nothing more than a bunch of material floating listlessly in a large cloud of gas, dust, and debris. These space clouds, called nebulas, are where stars and planets are born, eventually coalescing into larger bodies which become slaves to gravity and form systems such as the one we …

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Early humans saw a rogue star pass close by our Solar System

March 22nd, 2018

These days we only really see stars in two contexts: our Sun, which is extremely close and holds us in its gravitational grip, and distant stars which to the naked eye appear as nothing more than blinking lights in the night sky. New research suggests that some of the earliest humans witnessed something different, and …

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Watch a massive star die a fiery, explosive death

July 27th, 2017

Of the many awe-inspiring sights in space, watching a star explode has to be one of the most impressive. When a large star meets the end of its life it goes out with a bang, and the explosions they create are thought to be the brightest events in the entire universe. Researchers recently got the …