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Incredible New Observation Shows Supermassive Black Holes Orbiting Each Other

You think our galaxy is special? Ha. Our boring pinwheel of gas and dark matter might be a nice hangout for humans. But 750 or so million light years away, there’s an elliptical galaxy, Galaxy 0402+379, whose two supermassive black holes are orbiting each other from a distance of only 24 or so light years. Their combined mass is around 15 billion times that of our Sun. Read More >>

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A Wild New Hypothesis for How the First Monster Black Holes Formed

It’s no secret that supermassive black holes are heartless beasts: These objects of immense gravity that let nothing, not even light escape, have fascinated astronomers since the early 20th century. While it’s believed that so-called supermassive black holes lurk at the center of most galaxies, including our own, there’s still much we don’t know about how they formed, or why, except to remind us of our own mortality. Read More >>

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Two Galaxies Got Into a Fight and the Result Was Breathtaking

A long time ago in two galaxies far, far away, there was quite the kerfuffle. New research suggests that about 200 million years ago, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located 160,000 lightyears from Earth, got into an intergalactic altercation with its younger sibling, the Small Magellanic Cloud. But the best part is what came after. Read More >>

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We’ve Never Seen a Galaxy Quite Like This Before

Astronomers at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have identified a new class of ring galaxy. Named PGC 1000714, it features an elliptical core with not one, but two outer rings. It’s the only known galaxy of its kind in the known universe. Read More >>

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This Entire Galaxy is Being Ravaged By its Supermassive Black Hole

A stunning new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy that’s being strangled by tentacles of gas and dust. The strange and intricate shape of this celestial object is caused by a supermassive black hole at its core — and it’s killing the host. Read More >>

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This Is the Most Detailed Hydrogen Map of the Milky Way Ever Created 

Using two of the world’s largest configurable telescopes, scientists have created the most detailed map yet of hydrogen atoms in the Milky Way. Read More >>

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We Were Very Wrong About the Number of Galaxies in the Universe

Using the Hubble Space telescope and other observatories, astronomers have completed the most accurate census of galaxies in the observable universe to date. In terms of the actual number, let’s just say we were way the hell off. Read More >>

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Astronomers Solve Mystery of Enormous Space Blob

It’s a happy day when astronomers p out what’s up with an enormous space blob—and the answer doesn’t imply the immediate destruction of humanity. Read More >>

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Astronomers Have Discovered the Most Desolate Place in the Milky Way

An international team of astronomers has discovered a huge expanse of space near the centre of the Milky Way that’s devoid of young stars. This stellar desert extends for 8,000 light-years from the galactic core — and it hasn’t produced new stars for hundreds of millions of years. Read More >>

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There’s an Enormous Blob of Gas Spinning Around Our Galaxy

Here’s some knowledge that’ll make you feel like a microbe: our Milky Way galaxy, a collection of hundreds of billions of stars and worlds, is but a tiny nucleus buried deep inside an enormous blob of million-degree gas that’s spinning at a rip-roaring 400,000 miles per hour. Read More >>

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There’s Something Very Strange Surrounding This Galaxy

Meet the Eye of Horus. It’s a newly discovered galaxy system that’s hiding something incredible in those fuzzy swirls of light circling it: a way of looking back into even further and older galaxies. Read More >>

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New 3D Map of the Universe Features a Whopping 1.2 Million Galaxies

The astronomical map you see here doesn’t depict stars, it shows galaxies – 1.2 million of them, to be exact, a new record for astronomers. This extraordinary new 3D scan of the universe provides yet more evidence that a mysterious substance known as dark energy is likely causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate. Read More >>

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This Bizarre Galaxy is Younger on the Inside Than the Outside

A fairly ordinary-looking galaxy has been hiding a strange secret in plain sight. It is ten times larger than anyone thought (a whopping 718,000 light years in diameter), plus it’s younger on the inside than it is on the out. Scientists think that it’s been stitched together from the pieces of several other galaxies — hence its nickname, the “Frankenstein galaxy”. Read More >>

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A Giant Galaxy Orbiting Our Own Just Appeared Out of Nowhere

Researchers scanning the skies just got a big surprise. They spotted a humongous galaxy orbiting our own, where none had been seen before. It appeared, seemingly, out of nowhere. Read More >>

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Something Very Strange Is Happening With This Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers have just discovered one of the biggest black holes ever. Even more surprising, though, is where they found it—and the strange reason it got so big. Read More >>