Runaway Black Hole Might Have Been Propelled By Gravitational Waves

Runaway Black Hole Might Have Been Propelled By Gravitational Waves

The Hubble Space Telescope has detected a runaway supermassive black hole that they believe was kicked out from the galaxy core thanks to a huge directional emission of gravitational waves. The dramatic scene is taking place in galaxy 3C186, located 8 billion light-years away. Its supermassive black hole, which weighs 1 billion times our Sun, is surprisingly not…

The Ice of Ceres Tell Us About Its Changing Tilt

The Ice of Ceres Tell Us About Its Changing Tilt

Ceres might be the queen of the asteroid belt, but it’s a small fish compared to Jupiter and Saturn. These gas planets have been messing with the dwarf planet, changing its inclination over a short amount of time. According to the data collected by NASA’s Dawn, over the last 3 million years, Ceres’ tilt has ranged from…

Early Universe Galaxies Like Ours Are Surrounded By "Super Halos"

Early Universe Galaxies Like Ours Are Surrounded By "Super Halos"

With every generation of telescopes, we are getting a better idea of what the young universe looked like and the latest observation from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has thrown quite a curve ball. By studying two early universe Milky Way-like galaxies, astronomers have discovered the progenitors of giant spiral galaxies were embedded in…

An Astronaut's View Of Mount Etna's Recent Volcanic Eruption

An Astronaut's View Of Mount Etna's Recent Volcanic Eruption

Mount Etna has been getting up to a lot of trouble recently with a BBC film crew narrowly avoiding a tragic run-in with one of its volcanic blasts. But around 400 kilometers (248 miles) above the drama, it all looks remarkably peaceful over Europe’s most active volcano. The below image was tweeted by French ESA astronaut Thomas…

Citizen Scientists Bring Astronomical History To Light

Citizen Scientists Bring Astronomical History To Light

Pre-digital age journals are filled with old astronomical images. Sometimes they contain information precious to science, if only we could find them. Now everyone with an interest in astronomy, or a liking for archives, and some time on their hands can help. As with all citizen science projects, there’s the possibility of being part of…

The Burial Site Of Jesus Christ May Be About To Collapse

The Burial Site Of Jesus Christ May Be About To Collapse

The supposed tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem is at risk of a “catastrophic” collapse, according to an exclusive report from National Geographic. The news comes as a landmark excavation and restoration initiative has all-but-concluded at the revered site, with researchers calling for another, emergency project to start as soon as possible. The scientific team…