An artist's illustration of the black hole at the heart of a quasar in the distant universe. The biggest black hole known to exist lives in the nearby galaxy M87. It's 2,000 times bigger than the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.

Monster black hole is the largest and brightest ever found

An artist's illustration of the black hole at the heart of a quasar in the distant universe. The biggest black hole known to exist lives in the nearby galaxy M87. It's 2,000 times bigger than the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.

Scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a ‘spinning’ star – or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been found.

Scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a ‘spinning’ star – or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been found.

Image: A star being distorted by its close passage to a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy

Image: A star being distorted by its close passage to a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy


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This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)

This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)

Heat: A Visual Tour of What's Hot or Not in the Universe

Heat: A Visual Tour of What's Hot or Not in the Universe

First time i used an elevator I day dreamed about this.. Now Space Elevator is closer to reality. "10,000th floor for me please!"

First time i used an elevator I day dreamed about this.. Now Space Elevator is closer to reality. "10,000th floor for me please!"

If the planets were as far away from earth as the moon… (think that I would be scared by Jupiter & Saturn! lol)

If the planets were as far away from earth as the moon…

If the planets were as far away from earth as the moon… (think that I would be scared by Jupiter & Saturn! lol)

A piece of Mars: Wind ha blown the dark, rippled sand between jagged hills, from top to bottom in this frame (663 m or 2175 ft across). Regardless of the terrain, sand finds a way to get through -- just like at the beach, it manages to get everywhere. (HiRISE ESP_037494_1685, NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona)

A piece of Mars: Wind ha blown the dark, rippled sand between jagged hills, from top to bottom in this frame (663 m or 2175 ft across). Regardless of the terrain, sand finds a way to get through -- just like at the beach, it manages to get everywhere. (HiRISE ESP_037494_1685, NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona)

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