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ESA Image Shows Chaos on Mars

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Right in the centre of this image, you're looking at Atlantis basin on Mars — now four billion years old — and the delightfully named Chaos that surrounds it. The Chaos is in fact hundreds of flat-topped hills, stretching 170 kilometres away from the flat basin.

This is What a Dead Star Looks Like

By Gerald Lynch on at

Ever wondered what a dead star looks like? Then have a gander at the image above -- you're looking at Kepler's Supernova. First spotted 410 years ago today, it's the most recent supernova to have been observed without sky-gazing equipment within our own galaxy.