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Govert Schilling

About Govert Schilling

Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Govert Schilling lives in the Netherlands, but loves to explore his home planet. In July, Harvard University Press published his new book, ‘Ripples in Spacetime. Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of Astronomy’.

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Mira’s Marvelous Tail

Mira, the closest and brightest of the red long-period variable stars, has thrown off a gassy hood and a comet-like tail so big that if you could see them, they would overflow your telescope's field of view.

A Black Hole Swarm

Like mosquitos hovering around a mountain, small black holes swarm around the supermassive black hole in the core of the Milky Way. According to a team led by Michael P. Muno (University of California, Los Angeles), there may be as many as 20,000 stellar-mass black holes lurking within a three-light-year-wide sphere surrounding the 3-million-solar-mass behemoth…