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X-ray image shows newly born elements

The elements that make up our bodies and everything around us are born inside stars. This new X-ray image shows them being released into …

In 2018, we will see a black hole for the first time ever

We're about to see — for the very first time — the event horizon of a black hole, proving beyond any last vestige of doubt that Einstein’s interstellar monsters are real. And here’s what it will look like.<p>While astronomers have long seen the fallout of the presence of black holes on the stars and …

Black Holes

Tonight Will Be the Darkest of 2017 Thanks to December's New Moon

Dark times are ahead.<p>If you’re scared of the dark, tonight might be the time to break out your nightlight. Monday will be the darkest night of 2017 …


A three-mile-wide asteroid just slipped by Earth, but its next pass will really be one for the books

It’s Monday, and since you didn’t die in a fiery apocalyptic hellscape over the weekend that means that the massive space rock named 3200 Phaethon …

This "Evaporating Exoplanet" Just Got Even More Mysterious

Planets are a lot like cops in ‘90s action movies, in that the best and coolest ones play by their own set of rules. (Seriously, any astronomer will …


The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2017

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the …

Artificial Intelligence

The wildest scientific discoveries of 2017

2017 was a year of discovery: NASA started using reusable rockets, patients started treating cancer using only their own cells, and scientists discovered the Earth's lost eighth continent.<p>Here are some of the wildest, coolest, most promising science finds of the year.