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What is the Event Horizon Telescope?; NASA's SWIFT Finds a Star Falling in a Black Hole

24th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Radio astronomers are ready to point their telescopes towards the center of our galaxy to directly image the supermassive black hole Sgr A* using the Event Horizon Telescope; and NASA’s SWIFT captures a star falling into a black hole.

Monster Black Hole Found in Early Cosmos; Dark Matter in Early Galaxies; Super Close to a Black Hole

17th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

A group of astronomers think they’ve figured out how supermassive black holes could have formed in the early universe; dark matter appears to have less influence on galaxy rotation in the early universe; and astronomers have observed a star orbiting

NASA's Going to Europa; Are We Building a Lunar Orbiting Habitat?; JWST and TRAPPIST-1

10th Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

NASA’s Mission to Europa has finished the first phase of its design and science review; NASA and the international partners are quietly completing design of possible Moon-orbiting space station; and a look at what JWST will teach us about the exopla

Closest Supernova Seen Turns 30; NASA's MAVEN Almost Hits Phobos; Update on TESS Launch | SFN #197

3rd Mar, 2017 by Tony Darnell

The Hubble Space Telescope takes aim at Supernova 1987A on the 30th anniversary of its discovery; the MAVEN orbiter avoids crashing into Phobos; and an update on the launch date of TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

The 7 Earth-sized Worlds of TRAPPIST-1 | SFN #196

24th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

NASA announces the discovery of seven Earth-sized worlds in orbit around the star known as TRAPPIST-1, a star that is cool enough that liquid water may be present. But can life really exist on these worlds?

Is Trump Going to Service Hubble?; NASA Juno Stays Put | SFN #195

17th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Is the Trump administration looking into a possible Hubble Servicing Mission?; and the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter will stay right where it is for the rest of the mission.

New Class of Black Hole Confirmed; Magellanic Clouds; Reionization Galaxies Found! | SFN #194

10th Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Astronomers find evidence of a new class of black holes; a bridge of stars between the large and small Magellanic Clouds; new method for detecting some of the faintest galaxies in the early universe.

Stray Black Hole Found; Water Found on 51 Pegasi b; NASA Juno & Cassini Updates | SFN #193

3rd Feb, 2017 by Tony Darnell

Astronomers think they’ve found a stray black hole roaming through our galaxy; water molecules have been detected in the atmosphere of the Hot Jupiter exoplanet known as 51 Pegasi b; updates on NASA’s Cassini and Juno.