“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: May 5–11, 2012
In the past seven days, the Dawn spacecraft revealed the asteroid Vesta to be a planetary building block, scientists discovered the most distant protocluster of galaxies, researchers continued to struggle with two different sources for type Ia supernovae, and more.