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1st Black Holes Discovered in Milky Way Star Clusters --"May Produce 'Ripples' in Spacetime"

Black holes in globular clusters may provide a way for them to get close enough to one another to merge into bigger black holes that may produce the …

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

The Soyuz rocket launched to the space station with Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Tyurin, Mastracchio, and, Wakata will spend the next six months aboard station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) #nasa, #space, #station, #iss, #spacestation, #soyuz, #exp37, #exp38

5 Days until the launch of #MAVEN, NASA's next Mars explorer: The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft will be the first to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere. Scientists expect data gathered during the MAVEN mission to help explain how Mars' climate has changed over time due to the loss of atmospheric gases. Pictured here is a road sign adjacent to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida that counts down the days until launch. MAVEN is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during a 20-day launch period beginning November 18. The one-year mission begins in Sept. 2014, when the spacecraft reaches Mars orbit. Image credit

View from the ISS at Night

A new film about moon exploration enlists a heavy hitter to take viewers along for the ride — the voice of spaceman Buzz Lightyear from the "Toy Story" movies. Actor Tim Allen will narrate a new 25-minute film called "Back to the Moon for Good," which recounts the history of lunar exploration efforts and previews the coming robotic rush to Earth's nearest neighbor unleashed by the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize. Read more:

Weekend Diversion: The Andromeda Project

“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.” –<i>George</i> …

Johnson Space Center on Twitter: "#ATV4 undocks from #ISS at 4:55am EDT, setting stage for Soyuz relocation Friday."

LADEE Ready for Launch! In an attempt to answer prevailing questions about our moon, NASA is making final preparations to launch a probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as large asteroids, Mercury, and the moons of outer planets. Image Credit: NASA #nasagoddard #rocket #launch #moon #space

Hubble Tracks a Monster in the Milky Way This image shows the star-studded center of the Milky Way towards the constellation of #Sagittarius. The crowded center of our galaxy contains numerous complex and mysterious objects that are usually hidden at optical wavelengths by clouds of dust — but many are visible here in these infrared observations from Hubble. However, the most famous cosmic object in this image still remains invisible: the monster at our galaxy’s heart called Sagittarius A*. #Astronomers have observed stars spinning around this supermassive black hole (located right in the center of the image), and the black hole consuming clouds of dust as it affects its environment with its enormous gravitational pull. Infrared observations can pierce through thick obscuring material to reveal information that is usually hidden to the optical observer. This is the best infrared image of this region ever taken with Hubble, and uses infrared archive data from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, taken in September 2011. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Brammer #nasagoddard #hubble #MilkyWay #space #star #galaxy

NASA Space Telescope Discovers 10 Monster Black Holes

A powerful NASA space telescope has found not one, but 10 monster black holes lurking in the hearts of distant galaxies — the first major finds for …

Scientists confirm most distant galaxy ever

Scientists say they've found a galaxy that's not just far, far, away -- it's the most distant from our own that's been discovered yet. And it's helping them gain insight about the universe as it existed a long time ago.<p>Astronomers say the galaxy, called z8_GND_5296, is the most remote one they can …

Scientists have discovered the most distant and ancient galaxy ever spotted, hailing from only 700 million years after the beginning of the universe. Using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope and observations from the Keck I telescope at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, scientists observed the galaxy, designated z8_GND_5296, as it would have appeared about 13.1 billion years ago.

Awesome Photos of NASA Equipment Tests

There's no hardware as cool as space hardware. And there's nothing cooler than watching astronauts and scientists testing out equipment to take us …

Space Exploration

Space Shuttle, Best view of shuttle landing Ive ever seen !

NASA: Less Than 1% Chance That Asteroid 2013 TV135 Will Hit Earth In 2032

We’ll skip straight to the good news: NASA says Earth is likely safe from Asteroid 2013 TV135. Calculations put the newly discovered asteroid’s …

The ISS Image Frontier - "Making the invisible visible" - extended 25 Minute Version

Shuttles Sail to Their New Homes

After NASA shut down the Space Shuttle Program, the remaining shuttles and replicas were divided among several cities, as museum displays. Over the past few weeks, two shuttles that never flew to space were transported by barge to their new homes. The Enterprise was sailed up the Hudson River to …

Decommissioning the Space Shuttles

Starting next month, NASA will begin delivering its four Space Shuttle orbiters to their final destinations. After an extensive decommissioning process, the fleet -- which includes three former working spacecraft and one test orbiter -- is nearly ready for public display. On April 17, the shuttle …

Space-time loops may help explain black holes

Black holes can't fully be described by general relativity, but physicists hope to understand the inner workings of these odd objects by applying a theory called loop quantum gravity.<p>Physics cannot describe what happens inside a black hole. There, current theories break down, and general relativity …

Quantum Mechanics