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Jets of Centaurus A

SPRING CLEANING  Jets erupting from a supermassive black hole, such as the one in Centaurus A (shown in this color composite image), might clear the way for supernovas to sweep out gas and stop star formation.

Chart of Nova Vul 1670

FOOLS THE EYE  The position of Nova Vul  (red circle) within the swan constellation was charted in the journal Philosophical Transactions in 1670.

Asteroid Redirect Mission

A future spacecraft will abscond with a boulder from an asteroid, illustrated here, and return it to lunar orbit where it will await a human rendezvous, NASA announced March 25.

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