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Newly discovered ancient Black hole is monstrously big for its age

This is an artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe. Credit: Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory

Astronomers have discovered a humongous supermassive black hole that’s 12 billion times as massive as the Sun. What’s peculiar about it isn’t necessarily its mass – some even bigger black holes have been found – but rather its age. Observations suggest that the black hole 12.8 billion light-years away, which means what scientists are reading and observing what the black

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Strange, Unexplainable Clouds Hover over Mars

Dust storms on the Martian surface usually produce low-altitude plumes. Image via JPL/NASA.

Mysterious cloud-like formations hovering over Mars challenge our understanding of the Red Planet’s climate. Interestingly, amateur astronomers spotted the bizarre feature rising off the edge of the red planet in March and April of 2012 and since then, no satisfying answer regarding to their formation has been put forth. Now, scientists have concocted a new theory, but there’s only one problem – it poses more questions than it answers.

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NASA Wants Mission to Search for Life on Jupiter’s Moon

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NASA is requesting 30 million dollars to begin working on a mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, hoping to unlock some of the secrets of alien life. Despite having a frozen surface, the satellite is one of the likeliest candidates for extraterrestrial life in the solar system.   Europa is a weird place. At a first glance, it seems like a

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Scientists Observe Giant Burst of Radio Waves

blitzar

Scientists have observed a massive burst of radio waves, helping them narrow down the potential sources of these huge bursts of energy. These events, also called blitzars, last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a million years. These are quite possibly the most interesting and shocking sources of energy in the Universe. It’s

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New Study Suddenly Makes Billions of Exoplanets Habitable

Above: How heat is distributed on a spinning planet versus a rotationally locked one. Image via Popular Mechanics.

Astronomers hunting for habitable Earth-like planets now believe that the best place to look is not around stars like our Sun, but rather around smaller, cooler stars—orange and red dwarfs. These are by far the most abundant stars in our galaxy, and all of them have at least one exoplanet.

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Water didn’t come from comets, Rosetta analysis shows

Rosetta's extremely interesting analysis raises even more questions than it answers. Image via ESA.

As you might remember, a few days ago we were telling you about the fantastic success of the Rosetta mission – a spacecraft launched by the European Space Agency which orbited a comet and sent landed a probe on it. Now, we already have the first result: Earth’s water probably didn’t come from comets. Did you ever ask yourself where

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Pulsars with black holes could hold the ‘holy grail’ of gravity

Artistic depiction of a pulsar and the emitted radiation. Image via National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Pulsars and black holes, two of the most enigmatic celestial bodies in the Universe may actually hold the key to understanding how Einstein’s theory of relativity and gravity interact. A pulsar is a highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation. Pulsars are from when a star that turns becomes a supernova and then collapses into a neutron star;