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  1. image of a supernova remnant in the constellation Cassiopeia
    Astronomy

    How massive stars in binary systems turn into carbon factories

    A massive star with an orbiting partner star ejects on average twice as much carbon, an element crucial for life, into space compared with a solo star.

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  2. barren landscape with chunks that look like rocks
    Space

    An ancient exploding comet may explain why glass litters part of Chile

    A 75-kilometer-long corridor of chunks of glass in the Atacama Desert probably formed when a comet exploded 12,000 years ago, a study finds.

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  3. illustration of debris from a destroyed rocky planet circling a white dwarf star
    Astronomy

    Distant rocky planets may have exotic chemical makeups that don’t resemble Earth’s

    Elements sprinkled on white dwarf stars suggest that the mantles of faraway rocky worlds differ greatly from their counterparts in our solar system.

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  4. computer simulation of jets from the black hole in galaxy M87
    Space

    A stunning simulation re-creates how M87’s black hole launches plasma jets

    Two jets, thousands of light-years long, are re-created in a computer simulation, which suggests that M87’s black hole must be spinning rapidly.

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  5. illustration of the proposed HabEx space telescope
    Space

    Here’s what the next 10 years of space science could look like

    In the latest Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, astronomers have their sights set on a whole fleet of next-generation space telescopes.

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  6. illustration of two cars neutron stars colliding
    Physics

    Neutron star collisions probably make more gold than other cosmic smashups

    Smashups of two neutron stars produce more heavy elements than when a black hole swallows a neutron star, calculations suggest.

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  7. image of Pluto's dark side
    Planetary Science

    Pluto’s dark side reveals clues to its atmosphere and frost cycles

    Light from Pluto’s moon Charon illuminated the dwarf planet’s farside offering clues about how nitrogen cycles between its surface and its atmosphere.

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  8. image of two galaxies, with an inset showing a bright spot
    Space

    A rush to watch a supernova exposed its last gasp before exploding

    By studying the final years of stars, scientists hope to find clues to help them recognize when other stars are about to blow.

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  9. image of Perseverance rover from above, landing on Mars
    Planetary Science

    What the Perseverance rover’s quiet landing reveals about meteor strikes on Mars

    InSight tried to detect seismic waves created by the arrival of its sister mission, helping scientists uncover how Mars absorbs energy from impacts.

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