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Illustrations of Neutron Merger and Black Hole A new study using Chandra data of GW170817 indicates that the event that produced gravitational waves likely created the lowest mass black hole known. (Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

New era of astronomy uncovers clues about the cosmos

New era of astronomy uncovers clues about the cosmos An illustration of two neutron stars spinning around each other while merging. NASA/CXC/Trinity University/D. Pooley et al. Gregory Sivakoff, University of Alberta and Daryl Haggard, McGill University Astronomers have had a blockbuster year. In addition to tracking down a cosmic source…

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How does our world work on a subatomic level? Varsha Y S, CC BY-SA

The Standard Model of particle physics: The absolutely amazing theory of almost everything

The Standard Model of particle physics: The absolutely amazing theory of almost everything How does our world work on a subatomic level? Varsha Y S, CC BY-SA Glenn Starkman, Case Western Reserve University The Standard Model. What dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings. More…

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What goes in doesn’t go out? NASA Goddard, CC BY

Black holes aren’t totally black, and other insights from Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking work

Black holes aren’t totally black, and other insights from Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking work What goes in doesn’t go out? NASA Goddard, CC BY  Christoph Adami, Michigan State University Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black holes and quantum physics. A…

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This artist's concept shows the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered. It is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Credits: Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find in the journal Nature. “This…

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Gravitational lensing (arcs and streaks in the picture) in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. NASA/ESA

Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures

Method to weigh galaxy clusters could help us understand mysterious ‘dark matter’ structures Gravitational lensing (arcs and streaks in the picture) in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. NASA/ESA James Geach, University of Hertfordshire The furthest galaxy ever observed is so far away that the starlight we now detect was emitted…

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Conceptual animation depicting a satellite using lasers to relay data from Mars to Earth. Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Photonics Dawning as the Communications Light For Evolving NASA Missions

Photonics Dawning as the Communications Light For Evolving NASA Missions A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA’s most pressing challenges in future spaceflight. Photonics explores the many applications of generating, detecting and manipulating photons, or particles of light that, among other things, make up…

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