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Titan map

NORTHERN LAKES  Radar images of Titan’s poles show lakes that may form like Earth’s sinkholes. A new topographic map suggests these hydrocarbon lakes may be connected through Titan’s equivalent of groundwater.

supermassive black hole

GRAVITATIONAL GUZZLER  The black hole powering the quasar J1342+0928 (illustrated) weighs as much as 800 million suns, but it existed when the universe was just 5 percent of its current age. Scientists aren’t sure how black holes grew so big so early. 

illustration of 'Oumuamua

ALIEN ASTEROID  This artist’s representation of interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua shows its unusual shape: 400 meters long and just about 40 meters wide. No asteroids in the solar system are shaped like that. 

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