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  1. GW Orionis illustration
    Space

    A weirdly warped planet-forming disk circles a distant trio of stars

    The bizarre geometry of a disk of gas and dust around three stars in the constellation Orion could be formed by “disk tearing” or a newborn planet.

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  2. Colliding black hole illustration
    Physics

    Record-breaking gravitational waves reveal that midsize black holes do exist

    The biggest merger of two black holes so far raises questions about how the pair of objects came to be.

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  3. Sun's magnetic field
    Astronomy

    Check out the first-ever map of the solar corona’s magnetic field

    Solar physicists watched waves in the sun’s corona to map the whole corona’s magnetic field. Future observers could use the same technique to predict solar eruptions.

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  4. comet
    Astronomy

    In a first, astronomers spotted a space rock turning into a comet

    Scientists have caught a space rock in the act of shifting from a Kuiper Belt object to a comet. That process won’t be complete until 2063.

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  5. Hubble Space Telescope during total lunar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Hubble watched a lunar eclipse to see Earth from an alien’s perspective

    Hubble observed sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere during a lunar eclipse to see what a habitable exoplanet’s atmosphere might look like.

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  6. planetary nebula NGC 2440
    Space

    Paradoxically, white dwarf stars shrink as they gain mass

    Observations of thousands of white dwarf stars have confirmed a decades-old theory about the relationship between their masses and sizes.

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  7. Protest at Mauna Kea in 2019
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, Mauna Kea opened for astronomy. Controversy continues

    Current plans to build a new telescope on the volcano sparked the latest conflict.

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  8. Large solar flare
    Physics

    The physics of solar flares could help scientists predict imminent outbursts

    Physicists aim to improve space weather predictions by studying the physical processes that spark a solar flare.

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  9. Milky Way from the Antarctic Peninsula
    Space

    An Antarctic ice dome may offer the world’s clearest views of the night sky

    The highest point in East Antarctica could be an ideal place for an optical telescope, a new study finds.

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