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Moon crossing into Earth's umbra

Preview of April 4th’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Before sunrise on Saturday, April 4th, the Moon skims just inside Earth's deepest shadow during a total eclipse that favors western North America. The next total eclipse of the Moon, on Saturday, April 4th, will be the third in the current "tetrad" of four in a row at half-year intervals. In one sense it...

Path of 2015's total solar eclipse

Getting to Totality: Not Easy!

As the countdown for Friday's total solar eclipse nears zero, "umbraphiles" from around the world are flocking to remote parts of the far north in the hope of finding clear skies.

ripples in disk

Ripples in the Milky Way

Astronomers have detected what look like four undulations in the Milky Way Galaxy’s disk. If the structures are all part of the disk, our galaxy is more than half again as large as we thought it was.

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Potential Mid-size Black Hole Found

Scientists have found what seems to be an intermediate-mass black hole in a spiral galaxy 100 million light-years away. If its size is confirmed, it could provide much-needed insight into black hole evolution.

artist's impression of a black hole

Monster Black Hole in Early Universe

Astronomers have discovered one of the brightest quasars in the early universe. The source, SDSS J010013.02+280225.8 (hereafter J0100+2802), is powered by a supermassive black hole at a redshift of 6.3, meaning that its light left it 12.8 billion years ago.