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This Dormant Monster Black Hole Just Woke Up

What you’re seeing is V404 Cygni, a binary system consisting of a star and a black hole, some 7800 light-years away. It has lain quiet for the last 25 years, but a week ago, NASA’s Swift satellite noticed a burst of new activity.


This Is SpaceX's Second Barge, Preparing To Catch A Rocket On Sunday

SpaceX has been trying for some time now to land a rocket on a barge — and on Sunday it will try again, attempting to set down a spacecraft aboard this vessel, called Of Course I Still Love You.


Ceres' Bright Spots Continue To Mystify Astronomers

As NASA’s Dawn mission continues to circle dwarf planet Ceres, we’re getting better and more detailed images of the planet’s mysterious bright spots. And yet, science is no closer to understanding what’s making this far-off planet glow.


This Box Should Provide The Best Free Fall Ever Recorded

This is the interior of an electrode housing box. It may not look much, but the gold — platinum test cube will fly aboard the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission in an attempt to achieve the best free-fall ever.


Night-Shining Clouds Are The Craziest, Most Beautiful Phenomenon

Clouds are not usually the most enthralling part of nature. But in the late spring and summer, weather conditions conspire to create noctilucent or ‘night-shining’ clouds, high-altitude clouds that glow with an electric-blue hue long after the Sun has set.


Titan's Lakes Captured In All Their Methane-Filled Glory

Despite the obvious similarities, this isn’t another satellite shot showing the Droughtpocalypse engulfing California. Instead, it’s a radar scan of methane-filled lakes on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.


The Danube Delta Looks Gorgeous Through Radar Eyes From Space

This so called interferogram was created by combining two Sentinel-1A radar scenes from over the Danube River Delta, which covers more than 4180 square kilometres in Romania.


This Tangled Mess Is Helping Scientists Study The Early Universe

Is this the Gordian knot of the 21st century? Or a high-tech Medusa? Or maybe both? Well, this photograph was taken inside the Very Large Telescope (VLT) operated by the European Southern Observatory on Cerro Paranal, Chile.


These Giant Robot Arms Handle Highly Radioactive Materials

These enormous devices you can see in this fisheye photo are the main parts of remote manipulator arms at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s radiochemistry hot cell facility, where highly radioactive materials are used to produce isotopes for medical purposes. Just look at the worker below, you can see how massive those arms really are.


Here's What Melbourne Looks Like From The International Space Station

Image Cache: Good morning, Melbourne! You’re looking mighty-fine as always, especially from the International Space Station.