TIME space

Researchers Just Discovered The Brightest Dead Star Ever Found

A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait, released on Oct. 8, 2014.
A rare and mighty pulsar (pink) can be seen at the center of the galaxy Messier 82 in this new multi-wavelength portrait, released on Oct. 8, 2014. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers using NASA’s NuSTAR telescope array have found something beautiful about 12 million light-years from our planet Earth: The brightest dead star, or pulsar, ever found. It’s only called a dead star because it’s the leftovers from a supernova — this thing is still very much alive, pumping out around 10 million suns’ worth of energy, according to NASA. Scientists originally thought the pulsar, located in the Messier 82 galaxy, was a black hole, but it turns out that isn’t the case at all.

“You might think of this pulsar as the ‘Mighty Mouse’ of stellar remnants,” said Fiona Harrison, the NuSTAR principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, in a NASA release about the pulsar. “It has all the power of a black hole, but with much less mass.”

TIME space

Watch the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in One GIF

Blood moon lunar eclipse 2014
Ritchie B. Tongo—EPA (7); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME

For those who were able to see it in person, Wednesday morning’s Blood Moon lunar eclipse didn’t disappoint as skywatchers spotted Earth’s always-orbiting pal turn a deep shade of red.

Why that color? During a Blood Moon lunar eclipse, Earth gets between the Sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the lunar surface. The red color comes as Earth’s atmosphere scatters the sunlight, stripping away blue light and leaving behind the red to reach the moon’s surface.

If you missed Wednesday’s Blood Moon — the second of the year and fourth lunar eclipse — check it out here in a single GIF. Then check out past Blood Moons, too.

TIME space

See the Best Photos of Wednesday Morning’s Blood Moon

The second blood moon - and fourth lunar eclipse - of 2014 did not disappoint

TIME space

Here’s Why the Full Moon Is Sometimes Red

NASA explains how and why the yearly event occurs

Ever wondered why the full moon sometimes appears a dull red?

The “blood moon” lunar eclipse happens about twice a year—including early Wednesday morning—when the Sun, Earth and moon line up so that the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, NASA explains in the video above. This causes moon to appear a dull red color due to sunlight scattered through the Earth’s atmosphere.

In other words, if you were to watch the eclipse from the moon, you’d see the Earth blocking the Sun, whose rays creep over the curves of the Earth, basking the moon in a red glow.

For an up-close, clear shot of Wednesday’s blood moon, tune in to the SLOOH Community Observatory‘s live stream here, starting at 5 a.m. ET and likely peaking at around 6:55 a.m. ET.

TIME celebrities

North West Looks Just as Stylish as Her Mom

And she sports her own stylist too, apparently

This toddler has her own stylist, apparently, who doubles as a tailor. Which is fitting, because North West often dresses like mom, Kim Kardashian. From matching black lace outfits at the Givenchy show in Paris to coordinated grey tops for an overnight flight, Nori tends to sport miniature versions of her mom’s wardrobe, whether it be dresses, handbags or shoes. The tot’s outfits are reportedly planned months in advance so that she and mom can look alike for most public appearances.

TIME Television

Relive Twin Peaks in 30 Unforgettable Photos

The David Lynch favorite is returning to television in 2016

The ’90s cult classic television show Twin Peaks is returning for a third season on Showtime in 2016.

How should you feel about this? Damned excited, says TIME’s television critic Jim Poniewozik. “Be happy about a thing without needing to coat it in prophylactic pessimism. Don’t give in to the defensive reflex to pre-disappoint yourself. Don’t be afraid of seeming like a sucker,” Poniewozik writes.

Need more reasons? Read his piece. Need a reminder of what you’ve missed? Check out these 30 shots from the show.

TIME White House

Meet the New Boss of the President’s Protectors

From routine business on Capitol Hill to planning President Barack Obama's surprise trip to Baghdad, go behind the scenes with Joe Clancy, the new interim director of the Secret Service

Joe Clancy, the newly appointed interim director of the U.S. Secret Service, has protected three Presidents in his career, but now faces his toughest challenge yet: restoring the public’s—and the commander in chief’s—trust in the agency responsible with his life.

Even before Secret Service Director Julia Pierson submitted her resignation Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson had reached out to Clancy, 58, most recently the director of corporate security at telecom-giant Comcast, about taking the job. He retired from the Secret Service in 2011 as head of the Presidential Protective Division (PDD), the corps of presidential bodyguards responsible for the president’s security around the clock.

After several high-profile security incidents, Clancy will be under intense pressure to keep the agency out of the news, as multiple congressional and Department of Homeland Security probes examine where the agency went wrong and where it must go from here. Obama is not expected to select a permanent replacement for Pierson until those reviews are completed later this year.

Clancy will be a familiar face to President Barack Obama and his family, having led the presidential detail during his first years in office.

TIME Innovation

See Steve Jobs’ Legacy in 16 Photos

Three years after the tech luminary's death, here is a look back at the most influential products he played an instrumental role in creating

TIME Bizarre

Feel Good Friday: 16 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From American flag kilts to octopus helmet covers, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

TIME People

Al Sharpton Turns 60

From the time he preached his first sermon at age four, Sharpton has spent a career on the pulpit and in the spotlight

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