A black hole and its lively neighborhood

We all have our favorites. Some stargazers prefer our rust-hued neighbor, Mars. Others instead look toward the Orion Nebula, the glowing stellar nursery. Personally, I’m quite fond of our galaxy’s center. There, the extremes of nature meet in spectacular fashion — and give us a pretty great laboratory to explore those extremes.

I know, other writers at Discover have also focused on this same target. There are reasons for that popularity.

First of all, a black hole takes center stage, a

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