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Corona Australis

QUANTUM QUIRK  Scientists observed a bizarre effect of quantum physics in light from a nearby neutron star, located in the constellation of Corona Australis (above). Light from the star, too faint to be seen in the image above, is polarized due to interactions with the vacuum of space in a strong magnetic field.

illustration of newly officially named stars

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Names of eight stars in the constellation Orion, plus one (Cursa) in Eridanus, are among the 227 now officially sanctioned by the International Astronomical Union.

supernovas

PUFF BALLS  Supernovas can stretch out compact galaxies and turn them into ghostly systems (two illustrated here) that are low on stars but as wide as the Milky Way.

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