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This Enormous Supernova Was Unlike Anything Seen Before

Astronomers have observed a supernova unlike any ever observed before, and it might be strong evidence of an important kind of stellar death that would have shaped early galaxies. Read More >>

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Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Flashes From Our Galaxy’s Black Hole

An attempt to prove Einstein’s hallmark theory of gravity revealed something even freakier: an unprecedented flash from the black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Read More >>

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Astronomers Uncover Ancient Treasure Trove of Massive Galaxies

Astronomers have spotted a puzzling population of enormous galaxies in the far distance that will be crucial targets for upcoming telescopes. Read More >>

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Another Study Finds Our Galaxy Is ‘Warped and Twisted’

A team of Polish astronomers has created the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way to date, revealing surprising distortions and irregularities along the galactic disk. Read More >>

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This Rugby Ball-Shaped Planet is Leaking Heavy Metal

This hot Jupiter is so close to its host star that gravitational forces are squeezing it into a rugby ball-like shape. Not only that, its temperatures are so extreme that heavy metal gases are escaping into space from the exoplanet’s atmosphere – a phenomenon never seen before until now. Read More >>

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away

NASA’s asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is currently in position around the tiny, near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu, has transmitted its closest shot of the asteroid’s surface yet. Read More >>

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Wild Observation Shows White Dwarf Stars Merging Into Something New

Astronomers have observed evidence of a hot, spinning star blasting winds outwards at 10,000 miles per second, which seemed to have formed from a relatively recent collision of white dwarf stars. It’s some of the clearest evidence to date of these stars colliding and merging. Read More >>

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China’s Lunar Mission Has Found Mantle Material on the Far Side of the Moon

Scientists in China have released an important first set of results from the Chang’e 4 lunar lander, revealing what appears to be material from the Moon’s mantle on its far side. Read More >>

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Chinese Astronomers Saw an Exploding Star 2,000 Years Ago. Scientists May Have Just Found the Remains

Scientists think that they’ve stumbled upon the remains of a stellar explosion first observed by Chinese astronomers over 2,000 years ago, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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Astronomers Make Movie of Black Hole Spinning Like a Top

Scientists around the world were able to create a short visualisation of an active black hole wobbling like a top, according to a new paper—an important observation for the field. Read More >>

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Hubble Measurements Confirm There’s Something Weird About How the Universe Is Expanding

New results from the Hubble Space Telescope have deepened one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy. Read More >>

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Piece of a Comet Found Tucked Inside Meteorite

Scientists have found a cometary building block in an unexpected place: deep inside a meteorite, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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Gravitational Wave Detectors Spot Two Potential Black Hole Collisions in a Week

Less than two weeks after the gravitational wave detectors turned back on, they’ve already seen evidence of two pairs of colliding black holes. Read More >>

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What We Learned From the First Black Hole Image

Today, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope released a picture that will go down in scientific history: the first-ever image of a black hole. But there’s more to science than pretty pictures. Alongside the release, scientists dropped six papers documenting how they created the image and what they’ve already learned about the black hole at the centre of M87, a galaxy 55 million light-years away. Read More >>

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This is the First Photo of a Black Hole

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here: scientists have presented the first-ever image of a black hole. Read More >>