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Frenzy-Feeding Black Hole Makes Galaxy Most Luminous

A galaxy 12.5 billion light-years away gives off the light of 300 trillion suns, because its feeding black hole produces enough heat to set the whole galaxy's dust glowing. Lee Billings reports  ...

June 4, 2015 — Lee Billings
Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Twenty-five years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope soared into orbit. Since then, its great discoveries have been legion, and the story of how it became the most successful and productive astronomical observatory in human history is destined to become legendary...

April 24, 2015 — Lee Billings
Supermassive Black Holes Make Merging Galaxies Green

Supermassive Black Holes Make Merging Galaxies Green

Green as a color can mean animal, vegetable or mineral. It is the stuff of crocodiles, chlorophyll and copper patina, the essence of serpentine or of snakes in the grass, the hue of a glacial lake, a stagnant pond and the Chicago River on St...

April 3, 2015 — Lee Billings
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine