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Giant Comets Periodically Smash Earth, Scientists Say

Giant comets that originate in the planetary fringes of the solar system pose a greater threat of colliding with Earth than do asteroids, which originate closer to the sun, a…

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Earth-Like Exoplanet May Be Too Radiation-Blasted to Host Life

One of the most Earth-like alien planets ever discovered may not be capable of supporting life, a new study reports. Every few hundred days, the host star of Kepler-438b —…

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Oddly Gigantic Supermassive Black Hole Puzzles Scientists

The supermassive black hole at the heart of a recently discovered galaxy is much larger than it should be, & astronomers don't know why. The galaxy, known as SAGE0536AGN, lies…

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'Cosmic Tsunami' Shocks Comatose 'Sausage' Galaxy Cluster Into Star Formation

A so-called "cosmic tsunami" is rousing a galaxy cluster affectionately nicknamed "Sausage," suggesting that stagnant galaxies can be rejuvenated when galactic clusters collide, scientists say. Astronomers made the discovery while…

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'Cosmic Tsunami' Shocks Comatose 'Sausage' Galaxy Cluster Into Star Formation

A so-called "cosmic tsunami" is rousing a galaxy cluster affectionately nicknamed "Sausage," suggesting that stagnant galaxies can be rejuvenated when galactic clusters collide, scientists say. Astronomers made the discovery while…

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Potentially Dazzling Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak this week, giving amateur skywatchers with clear dark skies a potentially dazzling celestial light show. Luckily for those watching the skies,…

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'Stretched Out' Alien Planets Could Be Seen with New Telescopes

As scientists ramp up the search for Earth-size planets outside our solar system, one team says it's possible that "stretched-out" rocky exoplanets could be found orbiting close to their parent…

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Two Moons Cast Shadows on Jupiter Tonight: How to See It

Skywatchers with telescopes on Earth will be able to witness a remarkable cosmic event tonight (Dec. 15): Two of Jupiter's moons will cast shadows on the face of the gas…

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Moon punched in the face by a meteorite

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A meteorite as large as 4-1/2 feet in diameter smashed into the moon in September, producing the brightest flash of light ever…

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