Fighting, Fleeing and Living on Iceland’s Erupting Volcano

Just before dawn on January 14, a kilometer-long volcanic fissure opened in the ground just north of the Icelandic town of Grindavík. Instead of roaring from a conical mountain, effusive fountains of crimson lava bled upward from this schism. Soon after, a smaller second fissure opened across the frost-flecked earth. Although intense, the eruption was … Read more

Event Horizon Telescope spies jets erupting from nearby supermassive black hole

Astronomers have observed a supermassive black hole in Earth’s cosmic backyard as it blasts out jets of matter at near-light speeds. These outflows tell the tale of a battle for supremacy between magnetism and gravity. The discovery could help scientists better understand how black holes feed on matter and eject powerful jets that extend far … Read more

Scientists discover cosmic fossil created by erupting supermassive black hole

NASA scientists have observed a stunning cosmic fossil that was created when a supermassive black hole erupted over 5 million years ago. The team at the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center used the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) space telescope with help from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to spot the  X-rays that outline cold gas clouds in … Read more

Tantalizing Organic Molecules Detected Erupting From Enceladus : ScienceAlert

Cronian moon Enceladus doesn’t look like much. It’s kind of monochrome and small, paling in comparison with Saturn‘s big showy rings and giant hexagon. But, as many Solar System objects make clear, appearances can be very deceptive. Enceladus has a lot more going on than an initial glimpse would indicate. A new analysis suggests that … Read more