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black hole jets from M87

REACHING OUT  Many supermassive black holes shoot jets of hot material thousands of light-years into space, like this one emerging from the galaxy M87 about 50 million light-years away. Now scientists have seen the beginnings of such a jet from a galaxy billions of light-years away.

map of next 15 total solar eclipses

IN THE SHADOW  Over the next two decades, more than a dozen total eclipses of the sun will take place around the world.

Milky Way

CRUNCH THE NUMBERS  Scientists estimate that the Milky Way contains 100 million black holes.

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