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infrared image of Jupiter

Jupiter glows with infrared light in this recent false-color image from the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

illustration of orbit of asteroid 2016 HO3

THAT’S NO MOON The orbit of asteroid 2016 HO3 (yellow), discovered April 27, keeps it close to Earth; from our vantage point, it appears as though 2016 HO3 orbits Earth when it actually orbits the sun.

chondrules in a meteorite

ORIGINS UNKOWN  Tiny granules trapped inside meteorites (pictured in polarized light) are among the oldest solid objects in the solar system; researchers still debate how these chondrules formed.

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