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  1. For a young woman who stared too long on August 21st, the partially eclipsed Sun left a lasting impression — on her retinas.

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  2. A combo of Hubble and Gaia data reveal the distribution of dark matter in a tiny galaxy by tracking the galaxy’s stars.

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  3. Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole scarfing down gas just 690 million years after the Big Bang.

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  4. Mark the date: December 13th. That's the night the Geminid meteor shower peaks. Highlighted by the return of its parent asteroid 3200 Phaethon, this year's show promises to be one of the best ever.

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  5. NASA engineers directed the historic spacecraft Voyager 1 to fire its backup thrusters for the first time in 37 years.

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