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Meet the fastest-growing black hole

Because it sucks in so much gas, this black hole appears ultra-luminous. If it sat at the center of our Milky Way, we’d see it shining 10 times more brightly than a full moon.

Scientists discover a new type of magnetic event

They were working with spacecraft data, using a new technique to analyze it. They found a new type of magnetic event in the realm just beyond the boundary of Earth’s magnetic field.

When does Ramadan begin in 2018?

The moon is new today. Earliest sightings of a young crescent in the west after sunset mark the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Will anyone on Earth be able to see the moon on this Tuesday evening with the eye alone? Possibly.

What’s the youngest moon you can see?

In modern times, as astrophotographer Thierry Legault proved in 2013, it’s possible to capture a moon in a photograph at the instant the moon is new. What about young moon sightings using only your eye? The youngest moons, here.

Are there geysers on Europa?

On Monday, scientists announced new evidence suggesting water vapor plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Could we send a spacecraft through one, to test whether Europa’s liquid ocean – buried below its icy crust – might support life?

Is there life in the multiverse?

New research shows that life might be common throughout the multiverse … if there is a multiverse.

Thousands of black holes near Milky Way center?

Astrophysicists found 12 possible black holes near the supermassive black hole at our Milky Way’s heart. They could be the 1st known members of a black hole swarm.

New views of Jupiter

At a meeting of experts in London last week, citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran wowed the audience with this new composite, plus a new dazzling animation, of the giant planet Jupiter.

New moon is May 15

As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. New moon comes on May 15 at 11:48 UTC.

Meet Corvus the Crow

Corvus is a small constellation, recognizable for its compact, boxy shape. It’s a fun one!

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