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The mysterious boundary

A black hole’s event horizon is a one-way bridge to nowhere, a gateway to a netherworld cut off from the rest of the cosmos.<p>Understanding what …

Black Holes

2006 June 28 - The Cat's Paw Nebula

<b>The Cat's Paw Nebula</b> <b><br>Credit & Copyright:</b> Robert Gendler & Martin Pugh<p><b>Explanation:</b> Nebulae are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar …

Let's Go Skating on This Frozen Pluto Lake

NASA's New Horizons team thinks it's found a frozen lake on the icy surface of Pluto.<p>There's plenty of water to go around in the solar system, but standing lakes are a different thing. So far, we know only of Earth's bodies of water and the methane lakes on Saturn's moon Titan, though Mars likely …

Awesome optical illusion turns Japanese Ferris wheel into a cube 【Video】

<b>Yokohama</b> plays <b>a beautiful trick on the eyes</b> of visitors to its harbor area.<p>You might not know it if you’ve never been to a theme park here, but <b>Japan</b> …

This beautiful animation reveals a sobering threat to human civilization

It seems like the more astronomers peer into the solar system, the greater the threat becomes of a rock from space walloping Earth.<p>And the animation …

Watch the First-Ever Video of a Star Exploding

For the first time, scientists have captured images of the big shockwave of an exploding star.<p>Data collected by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, and …

Universe

The black-hole collision that reshaped physics

A momentous signal from space has confirmed decades of theorizing on black holes — and launched a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.<p>The event …

Physics

Kepler watched two supernovae burst out of the surface of stars | Ars Technica

In red supergiants, the core's explosion takes time to reach the surface.<p>In general, astronomy is reactive—we spot something unusual by chance and …

Universe

There's one big misunderstanding many people have about space

If you read or watch any science fiction at all, you probably know that one of the most perilous parts of any space travel is the extreme cold of …

Why Oculus Rift launched with 30 games but no controller | Polygon

Why VR doesn't have AAA games yet<p>About two years ago Jason Rubin joined Oculus VR to lead software development for the company's much talked about Oculus Rift. But there was one problem.<p>"There was no software, really, just VR," he said during an interview last week. "The dev kits were only 14 to 16 …

Ready Player One

Dawn spies new detail in Ceres' bright spots

<b>The US space agency's Dawn satellite continues to return remarkable images from the dwarf planet Ceres.</b><p>Now just 385km above the surface (lower than the space station is above Earth), the probe has revealed new features inside the mini-world's Occator Crater.<p>This is the 92km-wide depression that has …

Astronomy