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Space salt, Martian clay, and unexpected X-rays feature in this month's slideshow.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Image shows a glowing orange-red star glowing in the background, as a dark planet looms in the foreground.

Planets closely orbiting red dwarf stars may have dynamic tectonic plates, making them more life-friendly than previously thought.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

The dragon's large belly holds clues about how stars form -- and how the process stops.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

We look back in space-time this month to herald a new year.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

An assortment of twinkling images of space, stars and spacecrafts.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

View new pictures of Mars, the last picture of the dwarf planet Ceres and images of the brightest galaxy in the universe.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Researchers calculate all the photons ever emitted by the observable universe and find an astronomical number.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Mysterious dark matter particles may be blowing past Earth at 1.8 million kilometers per hour.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Images of far away, misty nebulas and lurking black holes haunt us this month.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

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