The clocks that used atoms and black holes to stay in sync

A simulation of a black hole from the 2014 film 'Interstellar'.

You're familiar with clocks. There's probably one if you look up just a little, at the upper corner of your laptop or smartphone screen, showing you what time of day it is, allowing you to quickly grasp the number of daytime or nighttime hours, depending on your needs. There some other clocks that are less…

What is VLBI?

On June 25, scientists announced the discovery of a trio of supermassive black holes at the center of a galaxy 4.2 billion light years away. The find was credited to the European VLBI Network. A Space.com report stated that this network "could see details 50 times finer than is possible with the Hubble Space Telescope".…