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    We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our Galaxy”.

    Image: Springer Nature/The Nobel Foundation/Imagesource
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    Close to the end of its mission, the Dawn spacecraft performed high resolution observations of Occator crater at Ceres in order to study its bright points (faculae) at unprecedented detail. These observations establish Ceres as an ocean world.

    Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI/LPI
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    The Kavli Prize is awarded by a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Kavli Foundation.

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    The Spitzer Space Telescope came to the end of its mission at the end of January 2020.

    Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Miller (IPAC)
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    Recent years have been an exciting time to unravel the mysteries of planetary interiors. A number of ongoing international space missions, ever evolving new technologies and numerical methods, and re-analysis of existing data are allowing us to gain new insights on the internal structures of planetary bodies.

    Image: From closest to furthest (or right to left) respectively: Jupiter (Juno perijove 6, Credit:NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran); Saturn during the great storm of 2010–2011 (Cassini, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute); Uranus and Neptune (Hubble, Credits: NASA/ESA/A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley)).
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    This issue’s Focus puts the spotlight on individual, institutional and international actions that are working today toward increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in astronomy and more general in science.

    Image: CSIRO/ Alex Cherney
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    We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star”. Together, these discoveries have changed the way we view the Universe, and our place within it.

    Image: Springer Nature/The Nobel Foundation/Imagesource
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    On 31 December 2018, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft began to orbit the asteroid (101955) Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid believed to harbour organic molecules and hydrated minerals.

    Image: NASA/OSIRIS-REx/OCAMS
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    Black holes were theoretically established in 1915, shortly after Albert Einstein published his theory of General Relativity. Since then, observations have confirmed black holes as actual astrophysical objects.

    Image: DESY, Science Communication Lab
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    Fast radio bursts are very energetic and so far sporadic radio signals that are of unknown — but probably cosmological — origin. This Nature Astronomy Collection brings together a Perspective (from Duncan Lorimer, the discoverer of FRBs) and a Review Article on the topic, along with comment and discussion on this rapidly moving field.

    Image: CSIRO/Alex Cherney
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    Astronomy has the power to bring about development where it is needed. Establishing groups of professional astronomers, technicians, engineers and other highly trained staff can provide ongoing economic and educational stimulus to a region.

    Image: Lost Horizon Images/ Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Stock Photo