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Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.<p>For decades, scientists have thought that black holes should sink to the center of galaxies and …

Black Holes

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

Universe

Titan

​Introdruction<p>Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the second largest moon in our solar system—Jupiter's Ganymede is only 2 percent larger. Titan is …

Astronomy

A Star Grazed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago, and Early Humans Likely Saw It

Some distant objects in our solar system bear the gravitational imprint of a small star's close flyby 70,000 years ago, when modern humans were …

Astronomy

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

Study identifies traces of indigenous 'Taino' in present-day Caribbean populations

A thousand-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the so-called "Taíno", the first indigenous Americans to feel the full impact of …

Anthropology

Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5,000th Martian Dawn

Saturday, February 17th marks the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for …

Space

Josh McDaniels changes mind, jilting Colts to stay with Pats

After two days of reflection and conversations with the Patriots, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has decided not to accept the …

NFL

Watch ‘Starman’ drift: SpaceX’s Tesla reaches the ultimate cruising altitude and rides off into space

This might be the ultimate space oddity.<p>High above his home planet, where millions of people are no doubt sitting in traffic in cars of their own, …

Orca learns to mimic human speech for the first time

An orca has learned how to emulate human speech for the first time. Through an experiment conducted by researchers at Complutense University of …

NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Breathtaking Panorama of Martian Landscape

After months of steady progress, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached the top of Vera Rubin Ridge. And like the good mountain climber that it is, the …

See it! Super Blue Moon eclipse photos

It was a Blue Moon, a supermoon and a moon in total eclipse. EarthSky community members around the world came through as always with awesome …

Super Bowl 52: Opening Night Predictions and Schedule for Eagles vs. Patriots

The Super Bowl festivities truly begin in earnest on Monday, Jan. 29, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, when Opening Night takes place.<p>Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots coaches and players will address the media in individual time slots, and if this year's version is …

Oldest human fossil found outside Africa rewrites migration timeline

The origin story for modern humans is constantly being revised, but the general gist is that <i>Homo Sapiens</i> first arose several hundred thousand years …

Scientists Just Found Naked Mole Rats Have Another Freaking Weird Superpower

Move over, tardigrades.<p>Naked mole rats may look like wrinkly skin sacks, but they have some pretty bizarre superpowers, including a total immunity to …

Huge Water Reserves Found All Over Mars

New NASA images show layers of ice peeking out of eroded cliffs—a potential boon for future humans on the red planet.<p>At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s …

Studies find evidence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t …

Physics

BREAKING: Astronomers Find a Spectacular Source For Those Mysterious Repeating Space Signals

We're getting closer!<p>Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are one of our Universe's most confounding mysteries - but astronomers may have just figured out the …

2017's Best Space Explosions

Astronomers spend their days looking at the sky. Maybe some crazy complex new telescope is helping, or some form of AI is teasing the complexities …

Universe

Something huge and hard went into Uranus and it got very messy

In the distant past, Uranus took an absolute pounding, say researchers, without even cracking a smile.<p>My isn’t Uranus full of surprises?<p>Researchers …

Mysterious Hydrogen Clouds Have Been Mapped Moving at Incredible Speeds Through The Milky Way

Where do they even come from?<p>There are an awful lot of peculiar mysteries in space, made all the more enigmatic because we can't get a close, …

Why Alabama made the Playoff over Ohio State, explained by the selection committee chair

Ohio State shouldn’t have lost by 31 to Iowa, basically.<p>The 2017 College Football Playoff field is out. The top three seeds were unsurprisingly Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia. In the biggest drama of Selection Sunday, Alabama made the field as the final seed over No. 5 Ohio State. That’s despite …

College Football

Jimbo Fisher’s outlandish Texas A&M contract, and the 7 wildest other things to happen in college football on Friday

Conference championship weekend got overshadowed by college football going all COLLEGE FOOTBALL.<p>What are you doing over the next 10 years? Maybe you’ve got a 10-year plan to grow a business or get your life together. I’d imagine you’d like to make some money over that time period. That’s fair. But …

College Football

NASA fires Voyager 1 thrusters after decades-long sleep

Voyager 1's adventures in interstellar space continue and NASA just figured out how to keep orienting the intrepid spacecraft in the right direction.<p>Way out in interstellar space, humanity's most distant messenger wanders through the universe. NASA's Voyager 1 launched way back in 1977, but it's …

Space

Report: Fisher has 10-year deal in place with Texas A&M

It would appear Jimbo Fisher is heading to Texas A&M. Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports<p>Jimbo Fisher appears to be on the verge of becoming the next …

College Football

Andromeda Galaxy Has Been Photobombed by Two Incredibly Massive Black Holes

200 million times the mass of the Sun.<p>A photo of our galactic neighbour Andromeda has revealed a surprise subject - an X-ray source initially thought …

Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Has Thick Atmosphere, Rocky Surface Similar To Earth

Exoplanet 55 Cancri e, which is twice as big as Earth, has fascinated us since its discovery. It exhibits several properties that make it very …

Astronomy

Ross 128 b: There’s another possibly habitable world on our galactic doorstep

...but it would still take New Horizons nearly 200,000 years to get there<p>Astronomers have found a potentially habitable world a mere 11 light years …