Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

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Where did this galaxy’s supermassive black hole go?

Researchers have been on the hunt for a missing supermassive black hole that should be in the central galaxy of cluster Abell 2261, but isn't.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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What’s the great conjunction or ‘Christmas Star’?

An expert shares how to view the great conjunction in the sky on December 21, and how the astrological event got dubbed the "Christmas Star."

Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Weird exoplanet looks like a cousin of ‘Planet Nine’

An exoplanet 336 light years from Earth has a resemblance to the hypothetical "Planet Nine" of our own solar system, researchers say.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 14, 2020 ~10 min

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Stingray Nebula fades just 20 years after its arrival

The tiny Stingray Nebula suddenly appeared in the 1980s. Now it's already begun fading, mere decades after it arrived. Here's why that's unusual.

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Supernova finding blows up an elemental origin theory

Supernova research upends the origins of two of our planet's heavy elements and sheds light on a chemical reaction that "defines our existence."

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Star merger is likely behind mysterious ‘Blue Ring Nebula’

The Blue Ring Nebula has stumped scientists for years. Now, they may have finally cracked the case: the weird gas blob appears to be from a stellar merger.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Magnetars may be behind some fast radio bursts

Researchers may have pinpointed a source of some fast radio bursts. They may come from neutron stars with extremely powerful magnetic fields called magnetars.

McGill University • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~4 min

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Most isolated massive stars are ‘runaways’

The vast majority of field massive stars are "runaways," or stars ejected from clusters, new research finds.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Magnetic fields in space clouds feed young stars

Research helps solve some of the mysteries about how stars come to be and to what extent molecular clouds in interstellar space play a role.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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