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Black Hole Image Makes History

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole ...

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Storm Rages in Cosmic Teacup

Storm Rages in Cosmic Teacup Fancy a cup of cosmic tea? This one isn’t as calming as the ones on Earth. In a galaxy hosting a structure nicknamed the “Teacup,” a galactic storm is raging. The source of the cosmic ...

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Why Do Some Galactic Unions Lead to Doom?

This image shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86. In these images, different colors correspond to different wavelengths of infrared light. Blue and green are wavelengths both strongly ...

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Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass?

Credits: Illustration: Springel et al. (2005); Spectrum: NASA/CXC/CfA/Kovács et al. Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass? Astronomers have spent decades looking for something that sounds like it would be hard to miss: about a third of the “normal” ...

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Magnetar Mysteries in our Galaxy and Beyond

Illustration of a magnetar—a rotating neutron star with incredibly powerful magnetic fields. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Magnetar Mysteries in our Galaxy and Beyond New research looks at possible links between magnetars and extragalactic radio bursts In a new Caltech-led study, researchers from ...

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Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front

A gigantic and resilient “cold front” hurtling through the Perseus galaxy cluster has been studied using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credits: NASA/CXC/GSFC/S. Walker, ESA/XMM, ROSAT   Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front This winter has brought many ...

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Dazzling Spiral with an Active Heart

Dazzling galaxy Messier 77 ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy’s beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes — but ...

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NuSTAR Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger

Click for a full size image This optical image shows the Was 49 system, which consists of a large disk galaxy, Was 49a, merging with a much smaller “dwarf” galaxy Was 49b. The image was compiled using observations from the ...

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Self-made stars

This composite image shows powerful radio jets from the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy in the Phoenix Cluster inflating huge “bubbles” in the hot, ionized gas surrounding the galaxy. The cavities inside the blue region were ...

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The First Sighting of a Black Hole

One of the best views of the galactic center combines images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes. An artist’s concept depicts the likely black hole within. (NASA/ESA/SSC/CXC/STSCL) Click for a full size image   The First Sighting of ...

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