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Giant black holes and dark matter may share a hot origin story
At the heart of the mystery is why some black holes grew so large so quickly.
Rare ‘upside-down stars’ are shrouded in the remains of cannibalized suns
A rare type of star probably forms when two stars spiral around each other and smash together.
NASA’s Chandra spacecraft spies clover-shaped voids left by supermassive black holes
A galaxy cluster called RBS 797, 3.9 billion light-years away, contains unusual dark spots.
Astronomers may have found a galaxy that formed without dark matter
This lone galaxy seems to defy everything astronomers know about galactic formation.
On this blisteringly hot metal planet, a year lasts only 8 hours
The years are extremely short and hot on planet GJ 367b.
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?
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