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Preliminary names shown on the pre-flyby map of Pluto. (Later data releases will result in sharper maps and more precise feature classifications and names.) NASA / JHUAPL / SWRI.

(Unofficially) Naming Pluto

Amidst all the excitement of seeing Pluto’s unique features for the first time, NASA researchers have been using unofficial names to talk science until official terms come down the pipeline.

Artist's impression of a quasar, one of the two primary contributors of UV light to the local universe.
NASA/ESA

Revealing Hidden Black Holes

The NuSTAR telescope has spied high-energy X-rays from five supermassive black holes shrouded in a thick veil of dust and gas, a test run that will lead to a better census of these hidden beasts.