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milky way

Our solar system lives in a major spiral arm of the Milky Way, a new study suggests. This view looking toward the center of the galaxy was taken at the ESO 3.6-meter telescope in the Chilean Atacama Desert.

illustration of plumes from Europa

COME INTO VIEW  Plumes erupting from Europa (illustrated) stand out against light from Jupiter in observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.

mercury image

RISE UP  A line of small scarps (arrows) on Mercury, seen in this image from the MESSENGER spacecraft, suggest that the planet has been tectonically active in the last 50 million years.

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