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This month's extraterrestrial wonders include a dune-swept Martian beach, a polar view of Jupiter, and a young planetary system that seems to glare like a demonic eye.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

This month's featured images include a commemorative portrait of the spacecraft Cassini and a composite image of dark matter.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Detecting signs of life on planets beyond the solar system turns out to be more complicated than previously thought.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

New analysis of hydrothermal plumes on Enceladus reveals the presence of conditions that could potentially sustain life underneath its icy surface.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New simulations could help solve long-standing mystery in astrophysics.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Saturn's rings, Mars' geology and an artist's depiction of distant new worlds were among this month's most captivating space images.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Clouds above giant planet beyond our solar system are made from the same mineral as rubies and sapphires.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Scientists use data from the New Horizons mission to illuminate the mystery.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Observations of the region beyond the planet Neptune are giving astronomers fresh understanding of our solar system's history – and may reveal a new planet.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

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