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Flickering light could help astronomers weigh supermassive black holes
All astronomers need is a flickering disk.
The Crab Nebula’s electron launcher is so powerful, it almost shouldn’t exist
A new super-facility in the mountains of China helped make the surprising detections.
Black holes can gobble up neutron stars whole
The discovery means astronomers have now caught all three major types of gravitational waves.
We finally know why the Betelgeuse star dimmed—and it’s not what you think
The nearby star didn’t explode. But it did the next best thing: everything else.
Ask Us Anything: What would happen if you fell into a black hole?
Two words: lethal spaghetti.
How one Turkish astronomer discovered a completely new kind of galaxy
From Ankara to Arizona, Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil fixes her sights on the faintest stars in the night skies.
The Nobel Prize in physics honors insights on black holes—including the one in our own galaxy
Their work builds upon Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
What would happen if you fell into a black hole?
For almost a century, astrophysicists have struggled with the question. They’re still at it—and have some pretty wild ideas.
We really don’t know when Betelgeuse is going to explode
But when it does, it’s going to look spectacular (once it finally reaches our eyes).
That groundbreaking photo of a black hole has raised some mighty big questions
“Nature is providing us with a sandbox.”