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ALMA telescope spies a supermassive black hole’s spinning disk

For decades, astronomers have spoken of galaxies with supermassive black holes at their cores. Now they say they’ve clearly confirmed one such hole’s encircling, dusty, spinning disk of gas.

Astronomers tracking close-passing asteroid 2017 VR12

2017 VR12 will pass closest to Earth – 3.76 times the moon’s distance – during the night of March 6-7. It’s a good target for radar, and amateur astronomers might catch it with small telescopes.

See it! Partial solar eclipse

View photos of the February 15, 2018 partial solar eclipse, which was visible from South America.

Asteroid exploded over Russia February 15, 2013

On February 15, 2013, a small incoming asteroid created a meteor – brighter than the sun – over Russia. It exploded in the air over the city of Chelyabinsk.

New moon is February 15

The February 2018 new moon comes almost directly between the Earth and sun.

Interstellar asteroid’s tumble suggests a violent past

The 1st known interstellar asteroid – ‘Oumuamua – is tumbling chaotically. A new study suggests its tumble resulted from a violent collision.

Top 10 reasons we fall in love

On this Valentine’s Day 2018, what the world of science suggests about the mystery we call love.

The Science Love Song

Bizarrely heart-warming, from the guys at ASAPScience.

For those at southerly latitudes, Canopus!

Northern skywatchers sometimes travel southward in winter, for a glimpse of Canopus above the southern horizon.

Jupiter’s North Temperate Belt

Did you know that NASA encourages people to download the RAW images from Juno’s ongoing flybys of Jupiter, and also to process them?