At the heart of galaxy NGC 4889 lurks one of the most massive black holes ever discovered. Astronomers think this giant has stopped feeding and is now resting.
The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.
Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?
Why are scientists so excited about the first-ever detection of gravitational waves? Deborah Byrd reports on this episode of EarthSky News.
We can now detect gravitational waves, says LIGO. Unanticipated discoveries, unexpected marvels, ahead.
Slovenian folklore speaks of baby dragons flushed from parents’ subterranean lairs. Today, we know these rare creatures as the olm, and one of them has laid eggs.
For the first time, astronomers peered through stars and dust in the Milky Way galaxy to find … more galaxies. The work helps explain a mystery Great Attractor.
Is this cool or what? Time-lapse video from International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake.
Rocky planets orbiting other stars have interiors similar to Earth’s, with a thin outer crust, thick mantle, and Mars-sized core, says a new study.
Sirius – in the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings.
Characterized as a peculiar galaxy, NGC 1487 is an elaborate cosmic whirl likely formed when several dwarf galaxies merged.
Scientists are traveling to Tibet this summer to explore places that might be possible earthly analogs to regions on Mars once suitable for life.
Several recent events suggest that a set of glacier-covered volcanoes in the southern Chilean region of Bío-Bío may be likely to erupt.
This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count runs from February 12–15. It’s free and easy to participate. Find out how.
It’ll have 7 times the collecting area of Hubble, and it’s scheduled for launch in 2018. James Webb Space Telescope … and more on this episode of EarthSky News.
This year’s Chinese New Year starts February 8, 2016, and rings in the Year of the Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.
First time we can see 5 planets at once since 2005. All 5 are up before dawn, still, and all 5 will remain visible until Mercury disappears in the dawn just after mid-February.
Every year, Greenland’s ice sheet releases as much of this key marine nutrient as the mighty Mississippi releases into the Gulf of Mexico, says a new study.
The hills are thought to be fragments of Pluto’s rugged uplands that have broken away and are being carried along the flow paths of glaciers.
Researchers identified 12 weather patterns across the region. Over the past 30 years, the 3 patterns bringing rain to the U.S. Southwest became less frequent.
At west quadrature on February 7, 2016, the red planet appears 90% illuminated as seen through a telescope. Fantastic time to see Mars is just ahead.