“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.
The week in pictures: April 28–May 4, 2012
In the past seven days, scientists watched a black hole consume a nearby star in real time, the Opportunity rover found its best evidence for life on Mars yet, Cassini revealed that Saturn's moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities, and more.