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Meet NGC 4889, The Galaxy With A Black Hole The Size Of Our Solar System

It’s common for galaxies to have black holes at their center. In fact, our own galaxy has a pretty big one at the center. But nothing will quite prepare you for the size of NGC 4889, a galaxy with a black hole at the center nearly the size of our solar system.<p>Recently photographed by the Hubble, …

Black Holes

First analysis of Earth-sized planet's atmosphere reveals surprises

Using instrumentation aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have been able for the first time to detect and analyze the atmospheric …

Japan puts x-ray observatory in orbit

The largest and most advanced x-ray astronomy platform put in orbit since 1999 was successfully lifted into space today by Japan's H-IIA …

How scientists solved the strange case of the missing asteroids

A couple years ago, astronomers made a surprising discovery: A significant number of asteroids were missing from the central region of the solar system.<p>The space rocks were plentiful in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and they appeared in their expected numbers around the neighborhood …

Asteroids

Stunning NASA photo shows moon cut in half by Saturn’s rings

Saturn and its rings may be a long way from Earth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t snap lots of photos of the distant planet. In fact, taking pictures …

Say "Hello" to the Spaceship That Will Bring Humans to Mars

NASA — It sent men and women to the moon, it safely carried them back to Earth and now it has its sights on its most ambitious target yet: Mars.<p>But …

Einstein's weirdest prediction is true, and will soon radically transform our understanding of the universe

NASA<p>Have no doubt: Gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, are real and undulating across the universe at incredible speed — …

The 2 most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics

It's the idea that we are reaching the absolute limit of what we can understand about the world around us through science.<p>"The next few years may tell us whether we'll be able to continue to increase our understanding of nature or whether maybe, for the first time in the history of science, we …

4. Sagrada Família

The snappily named <i>Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família</i> is an unfinished church designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.<p>The …

‘Origins’ offers science-based account of creation

<b>Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation</b><i><br>Jim Baggott<br>Oxford Univ., $34.95</i><p>Throughout history, every culture has woven its own tale of creation, …

What Is the Biggest Star in the Universe?

Look up at the night sky and it is filled with stars. But only a microscopic fraction are visible to the naked eye. In fact, there are estimated to …

Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity

Albert Einstein opened humankind’s eyes to the universe.<p>Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two …

Scientists Have Figured Out The Crazy Physics Behind a Bursting Balloon

So cool.<p>If you look hard enough, you can find some amazing science behind almost everything in our world - and a bursting balloon is certainly on …

Why String Theory Is Not A Scientific Theory

Scientists work on it, it’s consistent with science, and it hopes to be the biggest scientific breakthrough of all. But it’s missing one key …

Physics

Ponder the Physics of Chocolate Fountains During Your New Year's Revels

New Year’s revelers will be heading out to all kinds of parties tonight, and chances are a good percentage will be tempted by the presence of a …

Physics

The Science Stories We’ll Be Watching in 2016

Another amazing year of science has come and gone, so it’s time to look ahead and see what the next year has in store. Here are Gizmodo’s most …

Space

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

The Ten Greatest Steps Of The Last Ten Decades

As 2016 dawns, it’s important to recognize that just a century ago, our perception of the Universe was that:<p>the stars, star clusters and nebulae in our Milky Way made up the entire Universe,<br>• all matter was made up of atomic nuclei and electrons,<br>• the only two forces were gravitation and …

Stephen Hawking Explains How You Could Escape a Black Hole

Well, your existence could. Physically you would be so dead.<p>Stephen Hawking has described a new theory for how our existence could escape a black …

What are the parts of an atom?

The earliest known examples of atomic theory come from ancient Greece and India, where philosophers such as Democritus postulated that all matter was …

Dark Matter Mystery May Soon Be Solved

The hiding spots for the particles making up dark matter are narrowing, and the answer to this cosmic mystery could come within the next three or …

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head by publishing a paper on what later became known as special …

Physics

23 uncommon gifts for the science-lover in your life

Or maybe you're one yourself who always gets stuck with unsophisticated gifts?<p>Good news! The science team at Tech Insider has compiled a 2015 gift guide for science-lovers by scouring the web for stuff we'd add to our own lists, plus some help from the science-themed products site GeekWrapped.<p>Keep …

Over a thousand years ago, the sun exploded — and changed life on Earth forever

Not by aliens, but by a natural event—and it was very, very powerful.<p>Whatever it was, it subtly altered the chemistry of our planet's atmosphere, creating trace amounts of radioactive elements like chlorine-36, beryllium-10, and carbon-14.<p>And those provide the clue to what the event was: Those …

What Is the Smallest Thing in the Universe?

The answer to the enduring question of the smallest thing in the universe has evolved along with humanity. People once thought grains of sand were …

Astronomers are freaking out over this newly discovered Earth-sized planet — and for good reason

The exoplanet, dubbed GJ 1132b, is about the size of Earth and lives in a solar system roughly 39 light-years from Earth, a team of scientists reported in the November 12, 2015, issue of the journal Nature.<p>Furthermore, the exoplanet is the closest rocky Earth-sized exoplanet ever discovered, by far.<p>…

Viewpoint: Are We on the Brink of the Higgs Abyss?

Author(s): Alexander KusenkoThe probability that the Universe exists in a stable state may be greater than previously thought.<br>[Physics 8, 108] …

Astronomers Use Earth as a Model for Climate Change on Saturn’s Moon

Studying Earth to learn about Titan to learn about Earth.<p>Ever since the Cassini spacecraft was placed into orbit around Saturn in 2004, it has been mapping the surface of Titan and basically blowing everyone's minds by revealing how much this moon resembles a planet. It has a dense nitrogen-rich …

Ingredients for Life Were Always Present on Earth, Comet Suggests

The basic building blocks of life may have been present on Earth from the very beginning.<p>Astronomers detected 21 different complex organic molecules …

Death from Above: Mass Extinctions Tied to Comet Strikes

Many of Earth's mass extinctions over the eons have been caused by comet strikes, a new study suggests.<p>Over the past 260 million years, cratering …

Extinction