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JUMBO-SIZE PLANET  Big rocky super-Earths such as Kepler-62f, shown in this illustration, probably don’t have active plate tectonics, new research suggests. 

baby planet torn apart by black hole

A dust cloud, navigating the orbits of dozens of stars (blue), gets torn apart by the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy in this artist’s illustration.

blast of X-rays from a neutron star

BULL’S-EYE  A blast of X-rays from a neutron star (center) illuminate dust clouds between the star and Earth (colored rings), as seen in this composite image. Red, green and blue correspond to low-, medium- and high-energy X-rays.

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