NASA Narrows Down Next Planet Mission; Grav Waves Observed in Radio; Direct Imaging of Star Surface

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We close out 2017 by reporting that NASA is showing its commitment to astrobiology by selecting two mission concepts finalists as part of the New Frontiers program; after a three-month investigation, scientists from the Very Large Array have zeroed in on the most likely explanation for what happened in the aftermath of a violent collision between two neutron stars; and finally, astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time directly observed convection or granulation patterns on the surface of a star outside the Solar System.

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