Dark Exoplanet WASP-12b Devours 94 Percent Of Visible Starlight

WASP-12b

An exoplanet located beyond our solar system observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope appears as black as asphalt because it “eats” light rather than reflecting it back into space, new research suggests. This light-eating ability is due to the planet’s unique prowess at trapping at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its …

ALMA Weighs Black Hole 660 Million Times More Massive As The Sun

Atacama black hole

Just how big are black holes? Scientists have measured with exceptional accuracy a black hole that is about 660 million times as massive as our sun. It is also enveloped by a cloud of gas moving at about 1.1 million miles per hour. Scientists made the observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in …