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Jared Muir

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1) Most Powerful Supernova Ever Discovered Blasts Away Competition
By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer | January 14, 2016 02:15pm ET
A blazing-bright object appears to be the most luminous supernova ever
witnessed, and it's blowing the top off researchers' models of how such explosions
are powered. - See more at:
2) Crowdsourcing the Universe: How Citizen Scientists are Driving
Discovery (Kavli Roundtable)
By Adam Hadhazy, The Kavli Foundation | January 14, 2016 08:01pm ET
Astronomers are increasingly enlisting volunteer "citizen scientists" to help them
examine a seemingly endless stream of images and measurements of the universe,
and their combined efforts are having a powerful impact on the study of the
cosmos. - See more at:
3) Milky Way's Second Most Massive Black Hole Found?
4) A Garden Grows in Space: First Zinnias Bloom, to Astronaut's Delight See more at:
The zinnias, grown as part of the Veggie program, have had a rough path: They
battled excessive water, overdrying and even enterprising mold before beginning to
recover in early January.
5)Mars' Ancient Face-Lift: Water Carved Planet's Features, Not Massive
By Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The face of Mars has changed since the planet's younger days. Billions of years
ago, rain or snow may have carved major valleys on Mars, just as the largest
volcanic structure in the solar system was forming on the Red Planet, new research
suggests. - See more at:

6) 5 Surprising Things We Learned from 'The Last Man on the Moon'

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer

The new documentary "The Last Man on the Moon" views the Apollo program
through the eyes of Gene Cernan, an astronaut who put humanity's most recent
footsteps on the moon, in 1972. The movie is out in theaters as of Feb. 26; here are
five surprising facts that we learned from this engrossing look at spaceflight
history. - See more at:

7) Not So Fast: Discovery of Radio Burst Source May Be Flawed

By Nola Taylor Redd, Contributor
FRBs release the same amount of energy in a single millisecond as the sun
produces over 10,000 years. But what causes them and even where they come from
has remained a mystery. - See more at:

8) Alien Planet May Have Kicked Its Neighbor Into the Sticks
By Nola Taylor Redd, Contributor
A planet found at an extreme distance from its parent star may have been kicked
out by a fellow planet. - See more at:

9) Real-Life 'Death Star' Continues to Destroy Alien Worlds

By Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The real-life "Death Star" that astronomers recently caught in the act of destroying
a planet is continuing to disintegrate nearby orbiting objects, researchers say. - See
more at:

10) Pluto's Mountains Capped by Methane Ice (Photo)

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer

Some of Pluto's frigid peaks are capped by ice, but it's more exotic than the frozen
stuff we're used to here on Earth. - See more at:

11) Loaded with Celestial Snapshots, 'Armchair Astronomer' Tours Cosmic Nebula
By Calla Cofield, Staff Writer
A new e-book that introduces readers to cosmic nebula massive clouds of gas
and dust that often harbor newborn stars is easy to read and loaded with
inspiring imagery. - See more at:

12) Discovery Channel Telescope Helps Identify Incoming Comet

By Ian O'Neill, Discovery News
Not one, but two comets will fly past Earth later this month, one of which will be
the third closest comet flyby to occur in recorded history. Both comets seem to
share astonishingly similar orbits, which is an interesting clue to their origin, but the
second object's true identity was confirmed by the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel
Telescope (DCT) at Lowell Observatory, near Flagstaff in Arizona. - See more at:

13) What Might the Putative 'Planet Nine' Look Like?

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer
Earlier this year, astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, both of whom
are based at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, proposed that a
large planet lurks undetected in the outer solar system, far beyond Pluto's orbit. See more at:

14) Kepler's New Mission: To Hunt Strange Orphan Worlds

By Irene Klotz, Discovery News

After an unprecedented survey to look for Earth-like planets beyond the solar
system, NASA's Kepler space telescope this week begins a search for free-flying
planets to learn just how common orphan worlds may be. - See more at:

15) Star's Wobble Could Reveal 'Earth-Like' Exoplanet

By Ian O'Neill, Discovery News
By studying the electromagnetic spectrum of a star's light, you can see what
elements it contains. You can also deduce its age, mass, stability and spin. As
astronomical techniques and technologies have become more sophisticated, alien
planets that would have otherwise remained invisible can also be detected via their
gravitational tug on their host star. - See more at:

16) Moon Rocks' Radioactive Iron Suggests Supernova Blasted Earth

By Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Radioactive iron in moon rocks collected by astronauts on NASA's Apollo missions
suggests that a nearby supernova blasted Earth a few million years ago, according
to a new study. - See more at: