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The week in pictures: August 20–26, 2011

This week's news featured a brand new supernova, a black hole eating a star, new Mars vistas, a diamond exoplanet, the coldest class of stars, and more.
B. J. Fulton, LCOGT

Scientists discover an "instant cosmic classic" supernova

Scientists predict this supernova will be a target for research for the next decade, making it one of the most-studied in history. Learn more »

"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.

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