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Astronomers Find Vortex Around A Black Hole Spinning At 70% the Speed of Light

Black holes are going to kill you and everyone you love. Well, maybe. As one of the most powerful forces in the universe, black holes were originally believed to be a myth for centuries, and were only recently proven to in fact exist by modern science. Way back in 1687, Newton blew the mind of… Read More »

A Day on Mercury – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (4/14)

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number four: a Day on Mercury. No two planets act exactly the same whether it’s Jupiter spinning in only 10 hours, Venus spinning backwards or Uranus tilting to one side. But Mercury is particularly strange, it takes nearly 59 Earth days to rotate, which might make for a pretty long day… Read More »

Gaia and the Killer Asteroids – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (14/14)

60 Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number fourteen, Gaia and The Killer Asteroids. If Hollywood has taught us one thing it’s that an asteroid crashing into the Earth is not exactly something to look forward to. The asteroids most likely to attack us are the Aten and Apollo asteroids – the ones with an orbit closest… Read More »

Exoplanets – 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy (3/14)

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy. Number 3: Exoplanets. Like fussy holidaymakers looking for a home from home, astronomers are fascinated by finding planets similar to earth beyond our solar system. But planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, are difficult to spot because they get lost in the glare from the star they orbit, like… Read More »

Mercury retrograde, explained WITHOUT astrology

You may have heard that Mercury is retrograde again. But if you try to find out what that means, search results are dominated by astrologers who believe Mercury can make you spill coffee on your favorite shirt or cause your car to break down. But if you set aside all those creative interpretations, there’s actually… Read More »

Why people get so excited about a total solar eclipse

A solar eclipse happens when the moon’s shadow falls somewhere on the surface of Earth And a lunar eclipse is the opposite — when the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon The two sections of the shadow, the dark umbra and the partially shaded penumbra, their placement determines which type of eclipse we can see… Read More »