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An Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone of a nearby star - Yahoo News
A few months ago a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of discovering planets around other stars, called me into a secret meeting to...

Astronomers detect gravitational waves created by massive neutron star collision - CNN
For only the second time, astronomers have detected gravitational waves that were created by the violent merger of two neutron stars, according to a new study.

First meteor shower of 2020 seen in stunning NASA image from space - Fox News
In the midst of the Quadrantid meteor shower, NASA astronaut Christina Koch captured a stunning image of several meteors zooming through the atmosphere.

Poplars genetically modified not to harm air quality grow as well as non-modified trees - Phys.Org
Field trials in the Northwest and Southwest show that poplar trees can be genetically modified to reduce negative impacts on air quality while leaving their growth potential virtually unchanged, says an Oregon State University researcher who collaborated on t…

A 'wolf moon' eclipse is howling at our door: Here's what that means - CNET
A particular kind of lunar eclipse is in store for Jan. 10, but only for certain parts of the world.

'Killer' asteroid headed our way! When to fear space rocks - CNET
The ones to worry about are almost never the ones in the alarmist headlines.

Two Supermassive Black Holes Caught in a Galaxy Crash Seen in Unprecedented Detail - SciTechDaily
ALMA sees material around two growing supermassive black holes in unprecedented detail. An international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to create the most detailed image yet of the gas surrounding two supermas…

Venus Could Have Active Volcanoes - Gizmodo
Laboratory experiments have uncovered evidence that Venus might still be volcanically active.

Life on Mars? 'It's almost certain' scientists announce as NASA readies Mars 2020 rover -
LIFE “is almost certain” to exist elsewhere in the Universe, prompting NASA to prepare a new Mars rover mission to the Red Planet, scientists have announced.

Massive Earthquake Swarms Signalled the Birth of a Volcano as Huge Magma Chamber Empties Onto Seafloor - Newsweek
Scientists watch rare event unfold after unusual seismic activity was recorded in the Indian Ocean.

Hubble spotted a gigantic galaxy that makes our Milky Way look tiny - BGR
We tend to think of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, as being impossibly large. To us here on Earth, our galactic home is indeed huge, but there’s always a bigger fish, and in a new image show…

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