Back in August, Stephen Hawking suggested there was a way to actually escape from the gravitational pull of a black hole. And it seems the universe just showed us another way you might be able to dodge the clutches of death by spacetime anomaly: Simply wait for the black hole to spit you back out.

Radio astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole — of which we have only observed about 20 of them — over 300 million light-years away, swallowing a star at the center of a nearby galaxy (yes, 300 million light-years is actually a short distance!). And better yet, the blackhole was spewing a chunk of hot flare — former remnants of the star — back out into the darkness of space.

Gnarly, ain’t it?

A supermassive black hole swallowing a star and ripping it apart like a piece of meat is an extremely rare event.

Even rarer is the chance for humans to observe this. Though this has been observed a few times before, scientists have never picked up this kind of radio signal of stellar matter jetting out from a black hole at this large of a magnitude. The findings have helped confirm previous theories about the way black holes feed on matter.

“We’ve shown that it was just a question of looking at the right time and with enough sensitivity,” James Miller-Jones, a scientist at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research and a co-author of the study, said in a statement.

An artist’s impression of a star being drawn toward a black hole and destroyed, triggering a jet of plasma made from debris left over from the stars destruction

The scientists think the energy produced by these jets amount to about the entire energy output by the sun over 10 million years.

The former star was actually a lot like our sun. Supermassive black holes are thought to exist at the center of most galaxies, and that includes the Milky Way. It’s virtually impossible something like this would ever happen to our own sun, but lots of things can change in the next several billion years, so never say never…

Photos via Modified from an original image by Amadeo Bachar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Swift

SpaceX is gearing up to send humans into space for the first time. On Monday, CEO Elon Musk confirmed a report that claimed NASA estimates the firm will be ready for people-carrying space adventures as early as April of next year. While a good sign for the company’s Mars mission, a successful human test flight would also enable a new method of sending people to the International Space Station.

Consider, for a moment, the paper cut. It happens suddenly and entirely unexpectedly, usually just as you are finally getting somewhere on that task you had been putting off.

Recall your sense of relief to finish that thank-you note to your aunt for the lovely sweater she sent you three months prior when, at the crucial moment, your hands failed you in their familiar task and the paper’s edge slid past its restraints into the flesh. Then pain – sharp, pure pain that bends your consciousness to the Only. Thing. That. Matters. Right. Now. There is sometimes a moment, between awareness and pain, when you bargain with fate, hoping that what just happened didn’t. But the hand is gone and the blood needs tending.

What’s worse than one natural disaster? Try two natural disasters. Kilauea volcano continues to erupt in Hawaii, and now the islands are in the path of a category 3 hurricane.

Hurricane Hector is on track to hit the Big Island of Hawaii according to CNN. With maximum wind reaching speeds of 125 mph, the hurricane is still a long way from the islands, approximately 1,360 miles out as of Sunday. At this far distance, it can still change directions and avoid the Big Island of Hawaii altogether, but the high speeds of a hurricane combined with the erupting Kilauea volcano is a concern.

Not all who wander are lost, but that might be the case for a newly discovered rogue planet. Scientists have found evidence of a giant planetary mass outside our solar system that appears to be traveling without any sort of set orbit or parent star.

This bumbling fool of a planet was first discovered by astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). From the radio astronomy observatory, scientists were able to pick up its magnetic activity and study it, the findings of which were made public on Thursday. It’s the first time the observatory’s radio-telescope detection was able to pick up a planetary-mass object beyond our solar system.

Ever seen a meteoroid hit the moon? Almost definitely not in person, but have you ever seen video of such space phenomena? If you haven’t, thanks to something called the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System, now you can.

The system, also known as MIDAS, captured the moments when two rogue meteoroids hit the moon’s surface on July 17 and 18. That’s right; this happened twice over two different days, with the meteoroids striking two different locations on the lunar surface.