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Move Over, Hubble: Gravity Itself Is The Best Cosmic Telescope Of All

Sometimes, space itself comes with its own magnifying lens.<p><i>“We see the world through the lens of all our experiences; that is a fundamental part of</i> …

Black Holes

NASA telescope sees ‘biggest explosion since the Big Bang’

NASA has released a new image of a terrifyingly powerful cosmic explosion – thought to be the biggest active galactic nucleus eruption since the Big …

Earth Used To Be Orange

Today Earth is a “pale blue dot,” as famously coined by the late Carl Sagan. But 2.5 billion years ago, it would have been a “pale orange dot” owing …

Astronomy

Construction has begun on the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile

A groundbreaking ceremony on top of a mountain in the Chilean Andes on Wednesday has signaled the beginning of Giant Magellan Telescope's construction. Three years after blowing up the peak where the structure will be built, the GMT Organization's Board of Directors has finally given its builders …

Universe

Astronomers discover the most distant Solar System object to date

Little by little, the furthest corners of the Solar System are starting to come into focus. Astronomers have identified the most distant object yet in our planetary system, roughly 15.5 billion kilometers (or 103 astronomical units) from the Sun. For comparison, one astronomical unit is the …

Universe

Terror in Paris: What we know so far

<b>(CNN) —</b> Investigations into the series of terrorist attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris are moving forward, with people taken into custody and two of the gun-wielding suicide bombers identified.<p>ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacres in a statement. In response, France has …

Muslims around the world condemn terrorism after the Paris attacks

<i>Update, Nov. 14: In a live address on Saturday morning in France, President Francois Hollande said the Islamic State was responsible for the attacks. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement released on social media, though its lack of specific background information about the</i> …

Extremism

Is ISIS moving into the realm of international terrorism?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The coordinated nature of Friday's deadly attacks across Paris points to an organized terrorist group, security experts say, giving credence to ISIS' claim of responsibility.<p>ISIS has sought to extend its reach globally, with an ISIS affiliate claiming credit for the recent downing of a …