What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream?

There are pods of whales and gaggles of geese. Now astronomers are wondering which plural term would best suit the most enigmatic entity in the cosmos.

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Hunting Ghost Particles Beneath the World’s Deepest Lake

A neutrino-spotting telescope beneath Russia’s frozen Lake Baikal in Russia is close to delivering scientific results after four decades of setbacks.

#domogatski-grigori-v, #ice, #lake-baikal-russia, #neutrinos, #physics, #research, #russia, #siberia, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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The Most Intimate Portrait Yet of a Black Hole

Two years of analyzing the polarized light from a galaxy’s giant black hole has given scientists a glimpse at how quasars might arise.

#astrophysical-journal-letters, #black-holes-space, #event-horizon-telescope, #gravitation-and-gravity, #laser-interferometer-gravitational-wave-observatory-ligo, #messier-87-galaxy, #photography, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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Oumuamua: It Came From Another Solar System

A piece of an extrasolar Pluto may have passed through our cosmic neighborhood, a new study suggests.

#comets, #journal-of-geophysical-research-planets, #nitrogen, #pluto-dwarf-planet, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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The Moon’s Comet-Like Tail Shoots Beams Around the Earth

“It almost seems like a magical thing,” said one of the astronomers involved in studying the lunar phenomenon.

#journal-of-geophysical-research-planets, #meteors-and-meteorites, #moon, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Life on Venus? The Picture Gets Cloudier

Despite doubts from many scientists, a team of researchers who said they had detected an unusual gas in the planet’s atmosphere were still confident of their findings.

#chemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #venus-planet

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The Webb Telescope, NASA’s Golden Surfer, Is Almost Ready, Again

After decades of fits and starts, the multibillion dollar successor to the Hubble telescope is expected to launch as soon as this fall.

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George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81

At a time when there were few other Black astrophysicists, he developed a telescopic device that went to the moon on Apollo 16.

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Was That a Dropped Call From ET?

A spooky radio signal showed up after a radio telescope was aimed at the next star over from our sun.

#breakthrough-listen, #extraterrestrial-life, #radio, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Outer Space Just Got a Little Brighter

The universe is not as black as astronomers once thought.

#dark-matter-astronomy, #light, #new-horizons-spacecraft, #physics, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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The Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico Collapses

Astronomers and residents of Puerto Rico mourned as an eye on the cosmos shuttered unexpectedly overnight.

#arecibo-ionospheric-observatory, #national-science-foundation, #puerto-rico, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Arecibo Observatory, a Great Eye on the Cosmos, Is Going Dark

The radio telescope in Puerto Rico has to come down before it collapses.

#arecibo-observatory, #drake-frank, #extraterrestrial-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #physics, #puerto-rico, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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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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There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

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A Black Hole’s Lunch: Stellar Spaghetti

Astronomers observed a star become a “feast” for a cosmic monster.

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Stuart Bowyer, Astronomer Who Lent His Ear to the Cosmos, Dies at 86

He was a scientist who succeeded in seeing the unseeable and hoped to tune in to extraterrestrial life.

#bowyer-stuart-1934-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #extraterrestrial-life, #soyuz-project, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #ultraviolet-light, #university-of-california-berkeley

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At the Edge of Time, a Litter of Galactic Puppies

The discovery of a black hole surrounded by protogalaxies provides astronomers with a rare glimpse of the web of matter permeating the cosmos.

#black-holes-space, #hubble-space-telescope, #quasars, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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Mount Wilson Observatory, Icon of Cosmology, ‘Declared Safe’ From Fires

The birthplace of modern cosmology “has been declared safe” from the wildfires that have ravaged the surrounding area in Southern California.

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Life on Venus? Astronomers See Phosphine Signal in Its Clouds

The detection of a gas in the planet’s atmosphere could turn scientists’ gaze to a planet long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #phosphine, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #venus-planet

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Is There a Black Hole in Our Backyard?

Astrophysicists have recently begun hatching plans to find out just how weird Planet Nine might be.

#black-holes-space, #gravitation-and-gravity, #large-synoptic-survey-telescope, #physics, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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A Rip in the Fabric of Interstellar Dreams

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope is temporarily crippled by an accident.

#black-holes-space, #drake-frank, #hurricane-maria-2017, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-science-foundation, #puerto-rico, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #university-of-central-florida, #your-feed-science

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This Star Looked Like It Would Explode. Maybe It Just Sneezed

The mysterious dimming of the red supergiant Betelgeuse is the result of a stellar exhalation, astronomers say.

#astrophysical-journal, #hubble-space-telescope, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #federal-communications-commission, #pollution, #private-spaceflight, #research, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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NASA Delays James Webb Telescope Launch Date, Again

The universe will have to wait a little longer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Watch This Black Hole Blow Bubbles

A black hole was seen shooting electrified gas and energy into space. Each blob contained about 400 million billion pounds of matter.

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NASA Names Dark Energy Telescope for Nancy Grace Roman

Dr. Roman was a pioneer at NASA, joining the agency in its early days and becoming its first chief astronomer.

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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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A Black Hole’s Boomerangs

Astronomers dissect the energy flow in a distant galaxy.

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SpaceX Changes to Starlink Satellites Earn Astronomers’ Praise

Some astronomers who have criticized the company’s orbital internet constellation were encouraged by the measures it announced.

#computers-and-the-internet, #private-spaceflight, #research, #satellites, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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The Case of the Disappearing Exoplanet

Fomalhaut b was one of the first planets around another star to be directly imaged by telescopes. Some astronomers now say it was a cloud of asteroid debris.

#asteroids, #fomalhaut-b, #gaspar-andras, #hubble-space-telescope, #planets, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #rieke-george-h, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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