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Scientists find the largest observed black hole to date - Engadget
The record-setting black hole is 10,000 times larger than the one at the center of the Milky Way.

Enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower at White Sands - KTSM News Channel 9
ALAMOGORDO, NM — Every August, we are treated to the largest and most active meteor shower of the year:  the Perseid Meteor Shower.  White Sands National Monument invites you to vie…

Dead planets give off ghostly radio waves which we should be able to detect - Digital Trends
Dead planets orbiting dead stars can give off ghostly radio wave emissions that can be detected from Earth, allowing us to track planets even after their stars have run out of fuel. Astronomers have proposed we could tune into radio waves given off by cores o…

The sun shakes the solar system with interplanetary shocks - Digital Trends
The sun shakes the solar system by sending out dramatic interplanetary shocks, and NASA has observed these shocks for the first time, using its Magnetospheric Multiscale mission. MMS consists of four spacecraft which have been in orbit around Earth since 2015…

Virtual universe machine models galaxies to learn about dark matter - Digital Trends
Researchers are discovering new facts about our universe by creating a virtual universe machine that models the way galaxies develop over time. A team from the University of Arizona created a computer simulation of 12 million different galaxies, stretching ba…

Icy snowball planets may not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought - Digital Trends
Astronomers have long assumed that, in order to be habitable, an exoplanet should be a rocky planet within the habitable zone (the distance at which water can exist on a planet's surface as a liquid). But a new study suggests that even icy planets could be th…

Child-sized parrots once roamed New Zealand - BGR
Parrots are popular pets today, and you don’t have to look far on YouTube to find charming videos of tropical birds doing adorable things. They’re fun animals, and their small size make…

Black Hole 'Nurseries': New Model Hints Where Rare Black Holes Are Likely to Be Born - ScienceAlert
Black holes are easily amongst the most enigmatic objects in the Universe, and there's plenty we still don't know about how they're produced and how they evolve.

SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon NASA astronauts suit up for spacesuit-focused launch rehearsal - Teslarati
While a great deal of work remains before SpaceX and NASA are ready to set a date for Crew Dragon’s inaugural astronaut launch (Demo-2) both teams continue to actively prepare for the milestone mission. Most recently, NASA has published photos detailing a cri…

New Study Reveals Dark Matter May Have Predated the Big Bang - Interesting Engineering
Novel research using a simple mathematical model is revealing dark matter may have come before the big bang.

NASA's water-powered spacecraft orbit Earth - Prothom Alo English
In a first, NASA has demonstrated the first coordinated manoeuvre between two tissue box-sized water-powered spacecraft in the low Earth orbit

Thousands Take to the Streets to Protest TMT - Maui Now
A few thousand Maui residents rallied on Saturday morning to express their opposition to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.

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