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illustration of neutron star collision

BRIGHT BURST  After two neutron stars slammed together, scientists detected gravitational waves, a burst of gamma rays and a glow from ejected material, shown in this artist’s conception.

illustration of Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

LOFTY LOOK  NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (shown in an artist’s illustration) launched in 2014 and is giving scientists an unprecedented peek into how carbon moves between land, atmosphere, and oceans on Earth.

RRS James Clark Ross

ICY VOYAGE  In February, an expedition led by the British Antarctic Survey will journey to Antarctica on the RRS James Clark Ross (shown here during the Antarctic summer of 2010‒2011) to study a mysterious ecosystem exposed in July by the calving of the Larsen C iceberg.

Haumea's ring illustrated

RING AROUND THE DWARF PLANET  Haumea’s ring, shown in this artist’s illustration, revealed itself by momentarily blocking the light of a distant star.



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