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Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot and not too cold for life.
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The sun erupted with one of the strongest solar flares it can unleash early Friday, just days after firing off an intense solar storm at Earth.
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A big asteroid sailed past Earth last month, and astronomers haven’t yet totally excluded the possibility that it’ll hit us when it comes around in 2032. If the past is any guide, we won’t have to worry about asteroid 2013 TV135 — but it’s a reminder that we’ll have to fend off a killer space rock one of these days.
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Eighty light-years from Earth, there’s a world that’s just six times more massive than Jupiter, floating all alone without a sun to keep it warm, astronomers reported Wednesday.
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There is a dinosaur on board the International Space Station where there wasn’t one before.
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Oh my! We’re not sure to laugh or cry on this one (maybe both). This frog gives new meaning to “flying leap” (or giant leap). This little guy was obviously startled by the ignition of the Minotaur 5 rocket that launched the LADEE spacecraft last Friday.
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The CIA has finally acknowledged the existence of an Area 51 facility, revealing that it was used to test U-2 spy planes — not flying saucers. But the UFO community says there’s something they aren’t telling us.
India plans a feverish schedule of satellite launches in the second half of this year, including liftoff of the country’s first robotic Mars mission and a crucial test of an indigenous rocket designed to loft large spacecraft to high-altitude orbits and deep space.
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Zero-gravity hair care is easy when you’ve got Italian spaceflier Luca Parmitano’s chrome dome — but what if you’re NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, whose hair floats like a foot-long mane on the International Space Station? Nyberg makes shampooing look easy, if somewhat hair-raising, in a video sent down from orbit.
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The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced Tuesday.
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This year’s supermoon has hit its peak, but the show isn’t over yet. This is the weekend to see the biggest, brightest full moon of the year.
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The biggest, brightest full moon of the year shines in the sky this weekend, which makes this the perfect time to take in the wonders of the night sky — whether or not you’re swept up in the “supermoon” hype.
NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class includes four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.