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illustration of newly officially named stars

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Names of eight stars in the constellation Orion, plus one (Cursa) in Eridanus, are among the 227 now officially sanctioned by the International Astronomical Union.


PUFF BALLS  Supernovas can stretch out compact galaxies and turn them into ghostly systems (two illustrated here) that are low on stars but as wide as the Milky Way.

dragonfly telescope

BUG EYES  The multi-lensed Dragonfly telescope (shown) in New Mexico has triggered a hunt for dim galaxies in our cosmic neighborhood.

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