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Researchers have watched a massive star collapse directly into a black hole, unexpectedly skipping the supernova stage thought to occur in between.

Researchers have watched a massive star collapse directly into a black hole, unexpectedly skipping the supernova stage thought to occur in between.

A dying star throws a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. This object, called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius

Nasa marks 50 years of space photography - in pictures

A dying star throws a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core. This object, called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius

A binary black hole system, viewed edge-on. This pair of extremely dense objects twists and warps spacetime as the two black holes spiral in toward one another. Image Credit: Bohn, Throwe, Hébert, Henriksson, Bunandar, Taylor, Scheel (see http://www.black-holes.org/lensing) via: http://www.universetoday.com/116500/new-simulation-offers-stunning-images-of-black-hole-merger/

A binary black hole system, viewed edge-on. This pair of extremely dense objects twists and warps spacetime as the two black holes spiral in toward one another. Image Credit: Bohn, Throwe, Hébert, Henriksson, Bunandar, Taylor, Scheel (see http://www.black-holes.org/lensing) via: http://www.universetoday.com/116500/new-simulation-offers-stunning-images-of-black-hole-merger/

Supermassive Black Hole Blasting Molecular Hydrogen Solves Outstanding Mystery

Supermassive Black Hole Blasting Molecular Hydrogen Solves Outstanding Mystery

Exotic particles such as dark matter could allow the formation of tunnels that cut through space-time. These so-called wormholes could be used to travel not only across the universe but also through time.

Exotic particles such as dark matter could allow the formation of tunnels that cut through space-time. These so-called wormholes could be used to travel not only across the universe but also through time.

Neutron Stars - What are They? How will NICER Study Them? | Video http://www.space.com/36981-neutron-stars-what-are-they-how-will-nicer-study-them-video.html?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest

Neutron Stars - What are They? How will NICER Study Them? | Video http://www.space.com/36981-neutron-stars-what-are-they-how-will-nicer-study-them-video.html?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest

These photos, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 1, 2016, show the wreckage of Europe's Schiaparelli lander. Top: the crater caused by the lander's impact. Bottom left: the craft's parachute and attached back heat shield. Bottom right: a feature thought to be the front heat shield. The 10-meter scale bar applies to all three portions of the image.

These photos, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 1, 2016, show the wreckage of Europe's Schiaparelli lander. Top: the crater caused by the lander's impact. Bottom left: the craft's parachute and attached back heat shield. Bottom right: a feature thought to be the front heat shield. The 10-meter scale bar applies to all three portions of the image.

The Earth's precession is captured in stunning detail in this image by astrophotographer Miguel Claro from inside the Mourão Castle, in the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve.

The Earth's precession is captured in stunning detail in this image by astrophotographer Miguel Claro from inside the Mourão Castle, in the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve.

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