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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this image of southern Scandinavia, showing the northern lights aurora, just before midnight under a full moon on April 3, 2015. NASA hide caption

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The link between science and superheroes is evident in Marvel Studios' Black Panther. Science is why T'Challa's nation, Wakanda, is globally preeminent. Marvel Studios 2018 hide caption

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Rachel Brosnahan wins the award for best actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Jan. 11 in Santa Monica, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Sonequa Martin-Green, center, a cast member in "Star Trek: Discovery," poses with original "Star Trek" cast members Nichelle Nichols, left, and William Shatner at the premiere of the new television series on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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Step back in time: This is what 100 million years ago looked like, in a galaxy far, far away. ESO hide caption

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The Christmas Of Now: A Convergence Of Pasts

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A Hubble Space Telescope image of the Ant Nebula. Astrophysicist Adam Frank spent last week at an international meeting in Hong Kong trying to understand the science of what these objects tell us about the last gasp of dying stars like the sun. NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team hide caption

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NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team