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The week in pictures: January 28–February 3, 2012

This past week included new insights into instellar space, GRAIL's first photo of the Moon's farside, a solar storm that tested the Mars Science Lab, and more.

A pocket of star formation

A rich deposit of gas and dust in the NGC 3324 region fueled a burst of star birth there several million years ago and led to the creation of several hefty, hot stars. 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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