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National Geographic Travel

Bursts of color after the controlled burn. Florida's Point Washington State Forest. iPhone by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder

Gigantic Black Hole Discovered From the Dawn of Time

Astronomers find a cosmic monster that pushes theories of the early universe to the limit.<p>Astronomers have identified a mammoth black hole weighing as much as 12 billion suns.<p>It's not the biggest black hole ever found, but it's astonishingly young. The giant appears to have swelled to its enormous …

The winner of our People’s Choice award for the @thephotosociety 1 Million Photo Contest is @terenceleezy. With over 50,000 likes this not only makes him the People’s Choice winner but it also makes him the one of the most liked images on our feed to date! Congrats and keep up the great work!!! Again we want to thank our judge @johnstanmeyer and our contest sponsor @adorama. Be sure to follow their accounts for more amazing content!

Astronaut Terry Virts captured this photo from the International Space Station flying over Boston, where Leonard Nimoy was born. Image Credit

Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil

"I felt a sense of wonder," says zoologist who observed male tegus mating with a dead female.<p>When zoologist Ivan Sazima went for a walk in the park in southeastern Brazil on a warm September day in 2013, he was hoping to find noteworthy animal behavior to study.<p>But he did not expect to witness …