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The week in pictures: March 3–9, 2012

In the past seven days, a large solar flare sent particles toward Earth, an orbitor captured a dust storm on Mars, scientist got closer to an understanding of antimatter, and more.

Second biggest flare of the solar cycle

Scientists predict that the coronal mass ejections will impact both Earth and Mars, as well as pass by several NASA spacecraft. 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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