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The Best Science Photos of the Week - Feb. 18, 2012

Out of the Wreckage ...

This spectacular edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to an intermediate-mass black hole that may have been stripped off of a cannibalized dwarf galaxy.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Farrell (Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney))


Like a fossil hinting at a long-gone animal, a black hole is offering clues about a now-destroyed galaxy that may once have existed around it.

This spectacular edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to an intermediate-mass black hole that may have been stripped off of a cannibalized dwarf galaxy.[Read full story]

'Janitor Satellite' to Clean Up Space

The CleanSpace One satellite will approach a defunct satellite, grab it, and plunge into Earth's atmosphere, burning up during re-entry.

(Image credit: ESA | NASA | Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center | Analytical Graphics, Inc.)


Earth is surrounded by a cloud of more than half a million pieces of space junk, from bus-size spent rocket stages to tiny flecks of paint. To combat this growing headache, Swiss scientists and engineers have announced the launch of CleanSpace One, a project to build the first in a family of "janitor" satellites that will help clean up space.[Read full story]

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