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Strange Signal from Space May Solve One of Science's Greatest Mysteries

A clue to one of the biggest questions in cosmology — why regular matter, rather than antimatter, survived to fill the universe — may have been found …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

blackholes

"Extremely Improbable" --Supermassive Black-Hole Quartet Discovered Inside Colossal Structure

Hitting the jackpot is one thing, but if you hit the jackpot four times in a row you might wonder if the odds were somehow stacked in your …

Black Holes Might Make Dark Matter Shine

Dark matter circling the drain of a massive black hole could radiate gamma-rays that might be visible from Earth, according to new research.<p>Dark …

Magnetar near Galactic Centre supermassive black hole delivers surprises

Black Holes

Are Dying Carbon Stars The Ultimate Source Of Our DNA?

News of recent lab experiments — demonstrating how chemical “cosmic barbecues” around nearby dying carbon-rich stars might have created life’s prebiotic building blocks — glossed over one key point. That is, would enough of such material have survived the journey from interstellar space through …

Rare quartet of celestial bright spots found at edge of universe | world

A team of astronomers have, for the first time, observed four quasars - the brightest objects in the universe - in close proximity to each other. The …

Universe

The problems with talking to aliens - The Kernel

In the constellation Boötes, a star a bit smaller than our sun flares sporadically, dimming and brightening, but still too faint to be seen with the …

Universe

2015 May 17 - NGC 2440: Pearl of a New White Dwarf

<b>NGC 2440: Pearl of a New White Dwarf</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> H. Bond (STScI), R. Ciardullo (PSU), WFPC2, HST, NASA; <i>Processing:</i> Forrest Hamilton<p><b>Explanation:</b> Like …

NASA spots “galactic cannibalism” served rare

Galaxies feasting on their smaller siblings may sound like the stuff of science-fiction, but NASA has captured a surprisingly rare example on camera. …

Sea salt on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Europa is thought to have a subsurface ocean. Salt from this hidden sea might be emerging in long fractures visible in the moon’s crust.<p>Laboratory …

25 iconic images from the Hubble Space Telescope - The Kernel

A quarter of a century ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into Earth’s orbit, giving us a revolutionary view of our universe. The joint …

Cosmology