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Mercury's 'pencil lead crust' revealed

Astronomy News - 8 March 2016 - 10:45am

The planet Mercury may once have been encased in an outer shell of graphite, the same material used as pencil lead.

Exclusive photos: Clouds seen on Pluto for first time

Astronomy News - 7 March 2016 - 11:33am

We knew the dwarf planet had weather systems, but here's the first evidence from the New Horizons probe of clouds in Pluto's atmosphere

Galactic collisions doom entire star systems to black-hole death

Astronomy News - 7 March 2016 - 11:32am

Star-gobbling black holes tend to inhabit galaxies that have recently collided, suggesting that cosmic pile-ups send whole systems flying