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Confirmation of the existence of a supermassive black hole in the center of galaxy M84. A spectrograph mapped the rotation of gas at the galaxy's center and the colorful zigzag pattern offers the evidence. If no black hole were present, the line would be nearly vertical
The spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy, seen in near-infrared light.
The Andromeda Galaxy is more is than twice the size of our Milky Way, measuring over 200,000 light-years across.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity investigating a crater called "Santa Maria," which has a diameter about the length of a football field.
As for life the Universe will be teeming with life, from microscopic to the civilised societies beyond our imagination. However, it may be that the distances between us, the differences in time scales, the rise and fall of civilisations, the failure to evolve, and more reasons than we could list if we all got together, plus a few others we couldn't imagine, make it improbable that other civilisations will communicate with us directly, or even by chance.