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two black holes in the moments before a catastrophic collision

LIGO Detects Second Black Hole Collision

The gravitational wave observatory has detected a second event, heralding a new era in astrophysics. The day after Christmas last year, the cosmos quietly gifted scientists with gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime – produced in a collision between two stellar-mass black holes. It’s the second event detected by physicists working with…

Brilliant Mars and bright Saturn frame the head of Scorpius in the southeastern sky on June evenings. Sky & Telescope diagram

Tour June’s Sky: Three Planets at Nightfall

Sky & Telescope's astronomy podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky. After the Sun sinks from view, enjoy watching Mars and Saturn near Scorpius in the southeast and Jupiter near Leo well up in the southwest. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, June is a minimalist month for stargazing because…