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Kepler 11

TIGHT FIT  The star Kepler 11 (illustrated) is home to six planets, five of which would fit inside the orbit of Mercury. Most solar systems might form with planets squished even closer together.

Ceres as seen by Dawn spacecraft

Two bright patches on the dwarf planet Ceres, seen in this image from the Dawn spacecraft, might result from ice volcanoes.

black hole

LARGER THAN IT LOOKS  Gas swirls around a 12-billion-solar-mass black hole (illustrated), the most massive one known in the early universe.

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