In an enormous effort that stunned the world, scientists last year unveiled the first direct picture of a black hole, allowing humans to see what exists at the cusp of the monster’s maw. Now, astronomers have used a different technique involving x-ray “echoes” to peer even closer at one of these gravitational behemoths. The black…

After initial denials, Tehran admitted it mistakenly shot down the plane while on high alert after firing missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq [File: Reuters] Iran will send the flight recorders of the Ukrainian passenger plane that its military shot down earlier this month to Ukraine, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday. The Iranian…

Gareth Southgate’s England will face Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia at Euro 2020England’s Euro 2020 finals draw is packed with advantages – but it also came with a potentially painful sting in the tail for manager Gareth Southgate’s aspirations to win a first major tournament in 54 years.Southgate will want to take England one step further than…

Humans have long had a fascination with lunar events—and with the rise of the internet, all kinds of moon moments have become media sensations. Consider supermoons, harvest moons, and the rare “super blood moon” total eclipse. Lunar fans may therefore be tempted to add another celestial sight to the list: a “black moon,” popularly defined…

What happens when a star has a close encounter with a supermassive black hole? It gives astronomers a chance to put Einstein to the test. By looking at how a star behaves as it whips around the black hole parked in the center of our galaxy, scientists have confirmed that the object’s intense gravitational field…

Media playback is not supported on this device Chantelle Heskey calls for equality in football coaching opportunities for black playersA lack of opportunity is preventing black players from becoming coaches, according to the wife of ex-Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey.Chantelle Heskey says her husband would be “first there” if more roles were available to…