For decades, astronomers have puzzled over an odd source of X-ray light in an arm of the Pinwheel Galaxy, just off the handle of the Big Dipper.
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A rare sighting of the planet Venus passing the sun Tuesday evening.
The planet Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun — appearing as a small black dot passing across the sun’s bright disk.
Wayne State University has collaborated with an international team of astronomers using data from the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton satellite that has identified a long-sought X-ray “echo” that promises a new way to probe supersized black holes in distant galaxies.
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At 10 million times the mass of our sun, two newly discovered black holes are the most massive that astronomers have ever found.
The space between the galaxies wasn’t always transparent. In the earliest times, it was an opaque, dense fog. How it cleared is an important question in astronomy. New observational evidence from the University of Michigan shows how high energy light from massive stars could have been responsible.