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Watch a giant black hole tear a star apart

Five years ago, researchers using the ROTSE IIIb telescope at McDonald Observatory noticed just such an event. But far from being your run-of-the-mill stellar explosion or neutron star merger, the astronomers believe that this tiny flare was, in fact, evidence of a supermassive black hole at the …

Hubble Space Telescope Could Survive Through 2020, Scientists Say

Scientists working with the long-lived Hubble Space Telescope say that the intrepid eye on the sky could continue functioning through 2020, and even …

Rocketing into the Northern Lights : Image of the Day

The interaction of the solar wind—variable streams of charged plasma from the Sun—and Earth’s atmosphere produces auroras. These northern and …

This Super-Saturn Alien Planet Might Be the New 'Lord of the Rings'

A newly discovered alien planet's ring system puts Saturn's collection to shame.<p>The exoplanet, called J1407b, could even harbor at least one Earth or …