Astronomy

June 16, 2022

Hubble Discovers a Black Hole Wandering Through the Milky Way

Since it was first launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has shed light on many mysteries of our universe. And after more than 30 years, it continues to impress. Most recently, it discovered what astronomers believe is the first of its kind—a roving black hole left free to wander the galaxy. Usually, black holes sit at the center of a galaxy or are paired with associated stars.

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June 6, 2022

The Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Are Set to Collide in 4 Billion Years

When we gaze out into the night sky, all may appear calm, but looks can be deceiving. Though we may not feel it, our galaxy—the Milky Way—is hurtling through the universe at an astonishing 1.3 million miles per hour. And, it's on a crash course with its neighbor—the Andromeda Galaxy. While these spiral galaxies are 2.5 million light years apart, that won't always be the case.

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May 23, 2022

Astrophysics Grad Takes Epic Graduation Photo Under a Total Lunar Eclipse

On the day of Vincent Ledvina’s college graduation, the stars aligned to create a truly spectacular photo. Well, it wasn't the stars as much as it was the Moon and the Earth; an awe-inspiring total lunar eclipse happened on the same day as his ceremony. For about 85 minutes on Sunday, May 15, 2022, the Moon was completely in Earth’s shadow and transformed into a reddish-orange orb.

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May 13, 2022

Scientists Reveal First Photo of the Black Hole in the Center of Our Galaxy

Three years ago, the public was finally able to see the first photo of a black hole. Now, a group of over 300 researchers from 80 global institutions have come together to produce the first image of the black hole that sits at the center of our own galaxy. This black hole, known as Sagittarius A* or Sgr A*, sits 27,000 light-years away from Earth in the Milky Way.

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