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From Hubblecast, consider NGC 5189, the remnants of a dead sun-like star in our galaxy. This planetary nebula has a chaotic shape, like a ribbon in space. How it got that way is a long running mystery that the Hubble Space Telescope recently unraveled.
Hank brings us news from planets all around the solar system: Mars, Mercury, and even planet Earth have been in the news lately. A retraction from NASA about the Curiosity mission; the discovery of water and organic material in craters on Mercury; bad news for Earth's climate and good news about mRNA flu vaccines for the future.
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Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray space telescope have spotted a low mass black hole in the middle of a galaxy (NGC 4178) that was not expected to host any.
Far from Earth and the inner solar system two massive gas giants patrol the outer reaches of our solar system; Uranus knocked on its axis and Neptune, wrapped in a cobalt blue atmosphere of inexplicably fast winds.