The Event Horizon Telescope has finally captured a black hole

simulated black hole

For decades, scientists have held that Supermassive Black Holes (SMBHs) reside at the center of larger galaxies. These reality-bending points in space exert a extremely powerful influence on all things that surround them, consuming matter and spitting out a tremendous amount of energy. But given their nature, all attempts to study them has been confined to indirect methods.

Food for microbes found in the plumes of Enceladus

Enceladus scale

In 2005, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied jets of water ice and vapor erupting into space from fissures on Enceladus, evidence of a salty ocean beneath the saturnian moon’s placid icy surface. Now, the discovery of hydrogen in the water plumes suggests that although the moon is just 505 kilometers in diameter, it may harbor under its surface the chemicals and processes capable of supporting microbial life.

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