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Artist's concept of black hole winds, via ESA.
Science Wire | Mar 29, 2015

Black hole winds stop star formation

For the first time, astronomers have seen a supermassive black hole in action, blowing away its galaxy’s reservoir of star-making gas.

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Mar 27, 2015

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began a year ago. The next eclipse in this tetrad will take place on April 4, 2015.

After Good Friday Earthquake, in 1964
Blogs | This Date in Science | Mar 27, 2015

This date in science: Biggest earthquake in North America

What’s now known as the Good Friday Earthquake in Alaska caused extensive property damage and natural changes, but few deaths.

View larger. | Shreenivasan Manievannan calls this photo Malibu Stargazer.
Today's Image | Mar 27, 2015

Malibu stargazer

We’re getting many comments this month about the return of the Milky Way for late night and early morning stargazers.

Today's Image | Mar 26, 2015

Total solar eclipse at 35,000 feet

We’ve seen some wonderful photos of sky events taken from airplane windows. This one is really dramatic.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 800 miles from the Noth Pole.  Image via Norway's Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
Science Wire | Mar 25, 2015

‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May

A new documentary film tracks the history and mission of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – sometimes called the Doomsday Vault – and its founder Cary Fowler.

Photos taken in March 2015 by Abhijit Juvekar in Dombai, India.
Today's Image | Mar 25, 2015

Sunsets are moving north

Here’s what happens if you take a photo of the sun each day at sunset, for several days in a row. You can see the sun’s northward motion along your horizon.

Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Highest and lowest points on Earth

Ever wonder how high the highest points on Earth are, in contrast to the deepest manmade boreholes and ocean trenches? Check out this fascinating infographic.

Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Dwarf planet Ceres gets place names

First topographical map of Ceres with named quadrangles. Scientists announced the names at last week’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Science Wire | Mar 24, 2015

Do stars make sounds?

The stars might be singing – but, since sound can’t propagate through the vacuum of space, no one can hear them.