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Stranger Than Science Fiction?

Here are some amazing things from space recently

Science fiction writers have invented some amazing (even crazy) things over the years, but space can be even more amazing. I regularly get a digest of news from the Space.com website, and some of the recent articles are pretty crazy.

Concentric ripples in galactic dust clouds triggered by a black-hole burst.

Concentric ripples in galactic dust clouds triggered by a black-hole burst. (Image credit: NASA/CXC/U.Wisc-Madison/S. Heinz et al.; Optical/IR: Pan-STARRS)

NASA has released a new image of ripples in dust clouds created by an unexpected black hole X-ray burst observed in 2015.

Artist’s impression of a supernova ejecting a white dwarf star.

Artist’s impression of a supernova ejecting a white dwarf star (Image credit: Mark Garlick / Science Photo Library via Getty Images )

A chunk of stellar shrapnel is careering toward the edge of our Milky Way galaxy at almost 2 million mph (3.2 million kph).

Scientists think that auroras could be behind mysterious heating on Jupiter.

Scientists think that auroras could be behind mysterious heating on Jupiter. (Image credit: J. O’Donoghue (JAXA)/Hubble/NASA/ESA/A. Simon/J. Schmidt)

The largest planet in our solar system has long been known to be remarkably warm, despite its great distance from the sun.

Now what could we science fiction authors make of those?

Head shot Ann Marie ThomasAnn Marie Thomas is the author of four medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Intruders, Alien Secrets, and Crisis of Conscience are out now. Follow her at http://eepurl.com/bbOsyz

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