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First direct images of a gas giant exoplanet in a triple-star system

First direct images of a gas giant exoplanet in a triple-star system Three hundred and forty light years from Earth, in the constellation Centaurus, there burns a highly unlikely triple star system called HD 131399.It consists of a big, bright star — star A — and a binary pair of stars, B+C.

Astronomers discover a ‘starving’ supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy

Astronomers discover a ‘starving’ supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy What happens when a black hole falls on hard times?An international team of astronomers have found a black hole that’s rapidly getting dimmer, and they think it’s starving.

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space NASA and ESA are joining forces to try to re-establish communications between Schiaparelli and its sister spacecraft, TGO, or even Mars Express or the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, all of which are active in orbit around Mars.A little further out, Eta Carinae is a colossal binary star system that’s really tearing up its environment.

Breakthrough Starshot tricks out massive telescope to make it a lean, mean planet-hunting machine

Breakthrough Starshot tricks out massive telescope to make it a lean, mean planet-hunting machine The VLT’s sensitivity means that the brightness of a star just drowns out its relatively tiny, dim planets like a lens flare.So Breakthrough Starshot is making a joint multi-part upgrade on Melipal, or as it’s officially designated, UT3.

This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites

This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites Just this week Boeing showcased a new line of sleek spacesuits made to go with its Starliner spacecraft, designed to take astronauts to the ISS.The new suits will be for takeoff, ascent, and re-entry, and they’re in Boeing’s signature shade of blue.