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Black Hole Image Makes History

A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope.

SOP newswireRadar Love: Asteroid Detection and Science - They are the celestial equivalent of sonograms. But their hazy outlines and ghostly features do not document the in-vivo development of a future taxpayer. Instead, they chronicle the exo-planetary
SOP newswireA New Discovery at NASA - A New Kind of Black Hole Explosion - Such bursts typically fall into one of two categories, long or short. The long bursts last more than two seconds and appear to be from the core collapse of massive stars forming a black hole.
SOP newswireNASA Telescope Picks Up Glow of Universe's First Objects - New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope strongly suggest that infrared light detected in a prior study originated from clumps of the very first objects of the universe. The recent data
SOP newswireSun Storm NOAA Tracking Space Weather Event - A significant geomagnetic storm is expected to impact the Earth beginning early Thursday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, according to forecasters
SOP newswireNOAA Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Database Available Online - The NOAA Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment is now providing public access to new digital photographs from six years of coral reef field studies. The online
SOP newswireNASA Comets as Toolkits for Jump-Starting Life - Just as kits of little plastic bricks can be used to make everything from models of the space shuttle to the statue of liberty, comets are looking more and more like one of nature's toolkits for creating life. These
SOP newswireNASA Geologists Finding a Different Mars Underneath - Mars is showing scientists its older, craggier face buried beneath the surface, thanks to a pioneering sounding radar co-sponsored by NASA aboard
SOP newswireNASA Spacecraft Read Layered Clues to Changes on Mars - SAN FRANCISCO -- Layers on Mars are yielding history lessons revealed by instruments flying overhead and rolling across the surface.
SOP newswireScientists Predict Carbon Dioxide Emissions Will Reduce Density of Earth's Outermost Atmosphere by 2017 - Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will produce a 3 percent reduction in the density of Earth's outermost atmosphere by 2017, according
SOP newswireNASA Massive Mountain Range Imaged on Saturn's Moon Titan - The tallest mountains ever seen on Titan -- coated with layers of organic material and blanketed by clouds -- have been imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft
SOP newswireSpace Shuttle Lifts Off in First Night Launch Since Columbia Accident - Washington -- Space shuttle Discovery successfully launched at 8:47 p.m. EST December 9 for the first nighttime liftoff since the loss of the space shuttle
SOP newswireThree Navy Astronauts Set For Discovery Mission - WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2006 – Three Navy astronauts are part of the crew for NASA’s latest Discovery shuttle mission, which is set to launch at 9:35 p.m. Eastern Time today.
SOP newswireNASA Telescope Sees Black Hole Munch on a Star - A giant black hole has been caught red-handed dipping into a cosmic cookie jar of stars by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. This is the first time astronomers
SOP newswireNASA Mars Orbiter Photographs Spirit and Vikings on the Ground - New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show three additional NASA spacecraft that have landed on Mars: the Spirit rover active on the surface since January 2004 and the two Viking landers that successfully reached the surface in
SOP newswireNASA's Purveyors of the Cosmic Occult - To a non-scientist, the words 'radio occultation' might sound a little spooky. But this relatively simple NASA-developed technology at the heart of a
SOP newswireStudies Show Plutonium Degradation in U.S. Nuclear Weapons Will Not Affect Reliability Soon - WASHINGTON, D.C. " Recent studies by Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories show that the aging of plutonium in U.S. nuclear weapons will not affect reliability over the next several decades. The classified studies were done for the Department of Energy"s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and have taken five years to complete.
SOP newswireRearing cattle produces mores greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns - Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric
SOP newswireUSGS Opens its Doors to the Public - Have you ever thought about being a scientist or wondered what they do? The U.S. Geological Survey invites you to find out during their Open House on Nov. 29.
SOP newswireJohn Clark Assumes New Scientific Post at NTSB - Washington, D. C. - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today announced that he has named John Clark, formerly Director of Aviation Safety, as the agency's Chief Scientist for Aeronautical Engineering.
SOP newswireNoaa National Weather Service Creates New Forecast Zones for Portions of Maryland and West Virginia - Very different climate patterns exist on either side of the Allegheny Front, a ridgeline that runs north-south along the Appalachian mountains.
SOP newswireNASA Genesis Findings Solve Apollo Lunar Soil Mystery - Ever since astronauts returned from another world, scientists have been mystified by some of the moon rocks they brought back. Now one of the mysteries has been solved.
Amanda CarverGlobal Warming or Sun Spots? - Publications across the nation have been bombarded these past few years with articles debating global warming. Are we to blame? Is it the sun’s fault? Is there really a hole in the ozone? Is our goose cooked?
SOP newswireNASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay - An orbiting NASA spacecraft just starting to study Mars with six science instruments has successfully tested another key
SOP newswireClimate And Coastal Hazards Among Research Themes - NOAA, along with a consortium of universities and institutions, announced the creation of a new cooperative institute. The new Northern Gulf Institute will collaborate with NOAA scientists to study
SOP newswireNASA Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet -- a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.
SOP newswireGround Team Stays Busy on 10th Anniversary of NASA Mars Launch - Engineers are striving to restore full communications with NASA's Mars Global Surveyor on the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft's Nov. 7, 1996, launch.
SOP newswireMercury transit foreshadows future planet hunt - It was a Frenchman, Pierre Gassendi, who first observed the transit of Mercury. But it's thanks to a German astronomer, Johannes Kepler, that Gassendi knew when to look for it.
SOP newswireNOAA Says Focus Needed on Non-Native Lionfish - NOAA researchers reported today that non-native lionfish populations will continue to grow and cannot be eliminated practically using conventional methods.
SOP newswireLunar Lander Challenge and Vertical Lander Challenge - Our return to the Moon requires a new generation of lunar vehicles. In these competitions, teams must demonstrate the ability to launch vertically, hover, land precisely, refuel and refly.
SOP newswire$2.5 Million Grant to University of Michigan to Develop Forecasting for Dead Zones - U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary David A. Sampson announced NOAA has awarded $506,190 as the first installment in a five-year $2.5 million grant to the University of Michigan.
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