Some of the best shots from the "Mars Webcam," a little camera included just for engineering purposes on the Mars Express spacecraft, which then surprised everyone with its beautiful shots of the Red Planet.
For the first time, researchers are seeing how white dwarf systems evolve directly confirmed in the night sky using NASA's Kepler space telescope. The star, white dwarf WD 1145+017, is currently destroying and disintegrating an orbiting planet bit by bit. Scientists are watching the death of a solar system. This particular white dwarf star is about 570 light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. (Oct 22, 2015; Journal of Science)