Has the Milky Way’s Black Hole Come to Light?

The Event Horizon Telescope reaches again for a glimpse of the “unseeable.”

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The Milky Way: An Electrifying View

A new radio-wave image of the center of our galaxy reveals all the forms of frenzy that a hundred million or so stars can get up to.

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A New Map of the Sun’s Local Bubble

At the edge of a vast region devoid of gas and dust, scientists find an explanation for “how all nearby star formation began.”

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Lights Out: 5 New ‘Dark-Sky Places’ for Top-Shelf Stargazing

The International Dark-Sky Association awards certifications to sites with exceptionally high-quality night skies, including national parks, sanctuaries and reserves.

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A Famous Black Hole Gets a Massive Update

Cygnus X-1, one of the first identified black holes, is much weightier than expected, raising new questions about how such objects form.

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Looking for Another Earth? Here Are 300 Million, Maybe

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft increases the number of habitable exoplanets thought to exist in this galaxy.

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How to See the Halloween Blue Moon (and Uranus!) With Your Kids

“The Uranus jokes never end,” an astronomer said.

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Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall

Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”

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The Galaxy That Grew Up Too Fast

A vast wheel of gas in the primordial cosmos is forcing astronomers to rethink how some of the universe’s largest structures may have formed.

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The Sunday Read: The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth

The star-crossed life of Sara Seager, an astrophysicist obsessed with discovering the possibility of other life in the universe.

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Dancing With a Black Hole

Astronomers described the strange orbit of a star that loops the monster in the Milky Way, offering more evidence for one of Einstein’s ideas.

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