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Black holes aren't totally black, and other insights from Stephen Hawking's groundbreaking work

Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black holes and quantum …

Most Images Of Black Holes Are Illustrations. Here’s What Our Telescopes Actually Capture

Impossibly dense, deep, and powerful, black holes reveal the limits of physics. Nothing can escape one, not even light. Even though black holes …

The Black Hole Where Determinism Dies

What's inside a black hole? In most, there's something called the singularity—an area of such density and intense gravitational force that not even …

Hubble Just Found a "Relic Galaxy," and It's Absolutely Stunning

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strange kind of galaxy surprisingly close to home.<p>A new study published Monday in <i>Nature</i> reports that …

NASA Finds Evidence This Saturn-Like Exoplanet is Full of Water

According to NASA, Saturn has a seriously thicc relative about 700 light-years away, in the constellation Virgo. Somehow, the fact this is Saturn’s …

This Very Common Gas Could Be a Sign of Life on Saturn's Weirdest Moon

Back in 2015, NASA’s late, great Cassini spacecraft sampled material from one of Enceladus’s icy plumes. Among other interesting components, the …

10 Facts About the Dwarf Planet Makemake

Within the Kuiper Belt—that ring of ices and volatile material beyond the orbit of Neptune—are all but one of the known dwarf planets in the solar …

What Ancient African Huts Reveal About Earth's Magnetic Flips

Minerals in clays from the Iron Age may help scientists better understand how and why the magnetic poles swap places.<p>For the last 170 years, a mysteriously weak patch of Earth’s magnetic field has grown in size, causing some geologists to think that the planet is gearing up to flip its magnetic …

This "Dwarf Irregular Galaxy" Is The Result Of Galactic Collisions

When you think of galaxies, images of dazzlingly colorful spirals or densely clustered multicolored stars might come to mind. But when you look at IC …

Ancient Starlight Trapped in Cosmic Gas Offers Clues About Universe's Firstborn Suns

Some 380,000 years after the Big Bang birthed the known universe, the first atoms formed. These were mostly of hydrogen and helium, which went on to …

Universe

Astronomers Determine When 'Cosmic Dawn' Happened

Astronomers have uncovered a cosmic relic from the beginning of time that reveals when the first stars sparked to life. In doing so, they may have …

What is a runaway star?

For the most part, stars in our Milky Way galaxy move in a more or less orderly way. But some stars are runaways.<p>The sun and all of the Milky Way’s …