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This huge galaxy has the biggest black hole ever measured The monster black hole in galaxy cluster Abell 85 is roughly the size of our solar system, but packs the mass of 40 billion suns. By Erika K. Carlson - Published: Thursday, December 05, 2019 The Abell 85 galaxy cluster, shown here, is home to the largest black hole known in the universe.

Astronomy Club Is the Crown Jewel of a Groundbreaking Year for Black Sketch Comedy - TV Guide OK, fine - that was more of a riddle than a joke. And it's probably not going to land this writer an invitation to join the professional pranksters in Astronomy Club, a band of black comics who coalesced in 2014 and built buzz through New York performances and sidesplitting online videos.

Meet CIMON-2, a new and improved robotic AI astronaut In 2018, a $6 million basketball-sized, floating computer named CIMON gained fame for its interactions with Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut and geophysicist with the European Space Agency.

How a White Dwarf Is Vaporizing Its Giant Planet For the first time Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a white dwarf star. The planet appears to be evaporating as the white dwarf consumes the resulting gas.

Asteroid Bennu's Activity Still a Mystery The near-Earth asteroid constantly shoots out rocks, leaving planetary scientists perplexed. The asteroid 101955 Bennu is spitting at us, and we don't know why. The spittle takes the form of centimeter-size bits of rock shooting irregularly out from the asteroid's surface.

Astronomy Toys Market - Uncertainty Prevails - Edu-Science, Educational Insights, Learning Resources HTF MI Analyst have added a new research study on Title Global Astronomy Toys Market Report 2019 - History, Present and Future with detailed information of Product Types, Applications and Key Players Such as Edu-Science, Educational Insights, Learning Resources and Uncle Milton etc.

First Science Returns from NASA's Parker Solar Probe In the first public release of data from NASA's flagship heliophysics mission, scientists on the Parker Solar Probe team reveal surprises and mysteries from our host star. We may not know our nearest star as well as we thought.

From 'Astronomy Club' To 'Black Men Can't Jump,' These Comics Reach For The Stars Jerah Milligan, James III, and Jonathan Braylock are three members of the Astronomy Club sketch… group who comprise the 'Black Men Can't Jump' podcast.

"Stranger Than Imagined" - Weird Dynamics of Earth's Star Since it's launch in 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned unprecedented data from near the Sun, culminating in new discoveries published on Dec. 4, 2019, in the journal Nature revealing that the dynamics of our star are even stranger than once imagined.

India Races to the Moon Aryan Girish - Year 10 Student. Russia……America…….China: these nations all go by the name of space superpowers, and all have achieved the gargantuan achievement of sending a satellite to the Moon. The year is 1969 and the US and the erstwhile USSR are both heavily involved in the space race over who can get man to the Moon first.

Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744 Beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6744 is nearly 175,000 light-years across, larger than our own Milky Way. It lies some 30 million light-years distant in the southern constellation Pavo and appears as o…

U. astronomy professor awarded Kyoto Prize This past June, James Gunn, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy Emeritus, was awarded the Kyoto Prize honoring his breakthrough achievements in the astrophysical sciences.

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This Giant Planet is 4 Times Bigger Than its Dead Star Astronomers discovered a Neptune-sized planet orbiting an Earth-sized star. The white dwarf star is making the planet lose some 260 million tons of material every day.

NASA's Mission to the Sun is Already Cracking Some of our Star's Mysteries One of the biggest questions about the sun's corona and solar wind has been how the sun transports energy out into the corona, heating it to extreme temperatures and pushing solar wind to faster speeds.

Giant planet found around tiny white dwarf star, a first Astronomers have discovered a giant planet orbiting a dead star that's just one-fourth the size of the planet itself, providing a glimpse into the ultimate fate of the solar system.

ESO: First Giant Planet around White Dwarf Found The latest news from the European Southern Observatory :. First Giant Planet around White Dwarf Found: ESO observations indicate the Neptune-like exoplanet is evaporating. Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have, for the first time, found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star.

Low Gravity May Make Astronauts' Guts More Fragile In a lab experiment, researchers found that microgravity might keep the cells that line the insides of human intestines from forming strong barriers against food-borne disease agents. That could make astronauts more susceptible to negative bacteria, fungi and viruses.

The December Solstice 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out! Featuring an article by Abigail Fraeman on what the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity taught us, and one by Javier Gómez-Elvira on the next steps in the search for life on Mars.

A New Understanding How Spirit and Opportunity Changed Our View of Mars. The Mars Exploration Rover science team gathered in Pasadena, CA for our final meeting on 11 June 2019, and I wondered if I had ordered enough Thai food.

What Comes Next on Mars? There are 4 goals: characterize the climate of Mars, characterize the geology of Mars, determine whether life ever arose on Mars, and prepare for human exploration. ESA's Mars mission goals are similar.

"Magic Islands" - Titan's Very Weird Lakes Scientists have noticed bright spots in these lakes, which appeared in some pictures from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and mysteriously vanished in others. They later theorized these "magic islands" might be outbursts of nitrogen bubbles.

People. Passion. Planets. The caucus, which unites members of Congress from both parties who are passionate about promoting the scientific exploration of space, currently boasts 20 members and continues to grow. Thanks to your many years of advocacy for planetary defense, real progress is being made.

15 holiday gift ideas for space fans and future astronauts Bill Nye says that this book is great for astronomers of all ages! Astronomy for Kids: How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes! Written by a planetary scientist, this best-selling book demonstrates various ways to view the stars and other space objects with or without special equipment.

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