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Astronomers Detect an Unprecedented Glow from the Center of Our Galaxy At the center of our galaxy is the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*. Though it has a history of flickering, it has never glowed like it did in April and May, new research tells us. Twice, both times over the course of four nights, the light around its core glowed at “unprecedented” levels—so much …

SpaceX’s New Astronaut Suits

NASA released images of a training event for astronauts who will be aboard next year’s SpaceX Crew Dragon—and they offer a glimpse at sleek new spacesuits. While similar to those we’re accustomed to seeing, these new iterations are undeniably more refined. Activities on this training day in Hawthorne, California, involved astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley suiting up and navigating various scenarios, from launch countdown …

First All-Women Spacewalk Ever

Since 1998, there have been 213 spacewalks at the International Space Station and only 11% of the more than 500 crew members involved have been women. But on the next walk, scheduled for 29 March, the team will be entirely comprised of women—from the astronauts completing the actual walk (Christina Koch and Anne McClain) to the those giving ground support (Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol). …