James Webb Space Telescope finds ‘extremely red’ supermassive black hole growing in the early universe

Using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), astronomers have discovered an “extremely red” supermassive black hole growing in the shadowy, early universe. The red hue of the supermassive black hole, seen as it was around 700 million years after the Big Bang, is the result of the expanding universe. As the universe balloons outward in … Read more

Watch extremely rare ‘aurora curls’ ripple through the northern lights (video)

Astrophotographer Jeff Dai, captured a remarkably rare sight while watching the northern lights on Jan.16, above Kerid Crater, south Iceland.  The rippling green aurora curls dancing overhead result from large waves traveling through Earth’s magnetic field, causing our magnetosphere to “ring like a bell”, according to Spaceweather.com.  “Imagine that Earth’s magnetic field is like a … Read more

Photographer snaps extremely rare ‘green flash’ coming from Venus

Venus briefly flashed a shimmering green light in the night sky above Sweden, new footage reveals. The rarely seen phenomenon is almost identical to the ethereal green flashes that are occasionally seen around the sun during sunrises and sunsets.  Photographer Peter Rosén captured the colorful flash coming from one of our closest planetary neighbors while … Read more

Near-simultaneous solar flares explode from opposite sides of the sun in extremely rare event

A pair of powerful solar flares recently exploded “almost simultaneously” from two different sunspots located on opposite hemispheres of our star. The extremely rare phenomenon, known as a sympathetic solar flare, is another reminder that we are fast approaching the explosive peak in the sun’s 11-year cycle, known as the solar maximum. On Jan. 22, … Read more

Scientists find record-breaking collection of molecules in 2 extremely ancient galaxies

A treasure trove of molecules has turned up in two galaxies that we see as they were over 12 billion years ago, revealing information about how the ancient realms form stars. One of the distant galaxies, APM 08279+5255, is home to a quasar — an active supermassive black hole at its core swallowing huge amounts … Read more