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The week in pictures: March 24–30, 2012

In the past seven days, the Dawn spacecraft revealed unexpected geologic features on the asteroid Vesta, astronomers detect the first normal-sized black hole away from the immediate vicinity of our galaxy, new mesaurements indicated that billions of rocky planets exist in the habitable zones around red dwarfs, scientists discovered huge tornadoes on the Sun, and more.
Mike Read (WFAU)/UKIDSS/GPS/VVV

Milky Way image reveals detail of a billion stars

The picture represents part of a 10-year project involving scientists from the United Kingdom, Europe, and Chile who gathered data from two telescopes. Learn more »

"The week in pictures" highlights the amazing discoveries and cutting-edge research that resulted in magnificent photos and illustrations in the past week's Astronomy.com News section. Scroll through the photos, comment on your favorites, and click links to learn more about the science behind the pictures. We hope "The week in pictures” will not only highlight all our beautiful universe has to offer but also summarize the important stories of the past seven days in case you missed anything.

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