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distant galaxy

GOING THE DISTANCE  The most distant confirmed galaxy (blue) is seen as it was when the universe was 650 million years old in this image from the Hubble Space Telescope. 

supermassive black hole

SUPERMASSIVE IDEA  Black holes, such as the supermassive one illustrated here, have transformed astronomers’ understanding of the cosmos in recent decades.

Earth

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE  Earth is a wet planet that formed in a dry part of the solar system. How our planet’s water arrived may be a story of big, bullying planets and ice-filled asteroids. 

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