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Phobos in 1977

DOOMED MOON Stickney crater (left) on Phobos, seen in this 1977 image from Viking 1, helped researchers predict that the moon will crumble into a ring around the Red Planet.

FAR OUT  The newly discovered V774104 is the most distant object in the solar system and beats the previous record holders, the dwarf planet Eris and its moon Dysnomia (illustrated).

SPACE LABOR  Baby planets growing in the womb surrounding the young star LkCa 15 will eventually give rise to a young solar system, such as the one illustrated here. 

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