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NASA Earth-Like Planets

NASA scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory announced today that an entire system of Earth-like planets exists just 40-light-years away. Of these seven, three lie in the star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, meaning that all may have entire oceans of liquid water, increasing the possibility of life. "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1," said researcher Amaury Triaud. Continue reading for two more videos, including one explaining how long it would take for humans to get there.

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Blue Lightning Space

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen was floating 250-miles above the surface of Earth when he captured a mysterious blue light, or what looks like upside-down lightning. They're officially called "blue jets," and its color is believed to be due to a set of blue and near-ultraviolet emission lines from neutral and ionized molecular nitrogen. In addition, whereas red sprites tend to be associated with significant lightning strikes, blue jets do not appear to be directly triggered by lightning (they do, however, appear to relate to strong hail activity in thunderstorms). Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to crack an 80-foot whip.

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Saturn Moon Titan

On Jan. 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, after a seven-year journey through the Solar System on board the Cassini spacecraft. The probe was designed to gather data for a few hours in the atmosphere, and possibly a short time at the surface. It continued to send data for about 90 minutes after touchdown. It remains the most distant landing of any human-made craft. At the landing site there were indications of pebbles of water ice scattered over an orange surface, the majority of which is covered by a thin haze of methane. Early aerial imaging of Titan from Huygens was consistent with the presence of large bodies of liquid on the surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a homemade machine that sorts candy by color.

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Holographic Universe

Theoretical physicists and astrophysicists from the U.K., Canada and Italy purport what we could all be living in a giant holographic projection. The team made the discovery while researching irregularities in the "afterglow" of the Big Bang. This theory claims the information that makes up our 3D reality, time included, is contained within a two-dimensional surface, on its boundaries. "Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions [and your perception of time] in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field. The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded," said Kostas Skenderis, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about someone who biohacked a dog.

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Saturn Rings

Photo credit: via Peta Pixel

Saturn's rings are the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the Solar System. They consist of countless small particles, ranging in size from micrometres to metres, that orbit about the planet. The ring particles are made almost entirely of water ice, with a trace component of rocky material. There is still no consensus as to their mechanism of formation; some features of the rings suggest a relatively recent origin, but theoretical models indicate they are likely to have formed early in the Solar System's history. Today, NASA has released the most detailed pictures yet of the rings of Saturn. Continue reading to see more.

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Boeing Starliner Spacesuit

Set for liftoff in 2018, the CST-100 spacecraft will be headed to the ISS with astronauts wearing a lighter, more versatile Boeing Starliner Spacesuit, which weigh in at just 12-pounds. That's right, they are 40% lighter than its predecessor, and don't require an external cooling system to boot. The gloves will also features touch-screen compatibility, but unfortunately, the suits aren't designed to go outside the cockpit, as it is more of a precautionary measure against sudden cabin depressurization. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space facts, illustrations and images.

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Moontopia

The Moontopia project may look like something out of this world, and while it does give us a glimpse at the geometric structures future astronauts could live in, it's actually the Elbphilharmonie Plaza by architectural photographer Hao Chen. The futuristic complex is located on the banks of the River Elbe, and is centered around a 2,100-seat arena positioned at a height of 50 meters, which is detached from the remainder of the structures for sound-proofing reasons. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Andromeda Galaxy Sky

Photo credit: Sandro Casutt

Ever wonder what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in our night sky, without having to wait 4.5-billion-years for it to collide with the Milky Way? Photographer Sandro Casutt who lives in a remote Swiss village shows us with these amazing images. These are essentially two photos stitched together of Andromedia and the Zervreila Mountain Lagoon region in Switzerland. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Cilian Murphy's screen test for Batman Begins.

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Radio Signals Space

Astronomers recently detected six bursts of radio signals that appear to originate from the constellation Auriga, each lasting few milliseconds. Some researchers are claiming these bizarre bursts of energy could be a sign of intelligent extraterrestrial life trying to contact humans. What's really puzzling is that this detection follows 11 previously recorded outbursts from the exact same location, named "FRB 121102," the only known repeater of fast radio bursts (FRBs). Continue reading for a video of the five most mysterious signals detected from space. Click here for a few bonus UFO sightings from around the world.

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Earth Second Moon


After spending nearly a 100-years in Earth's orbit, NASA has recognized a tiny asteroid - known as "asteroid 2016 HO3" - circling our planet as the new "mini moon." This object measures 120-feet to 300-feet in diameter, and slowly circles the sun as well as the Earth. "The asteroid's loops around Earth drift a little ahead or behind from year to year, but when they drift too far forward or backward, Earth's gravity is just strong enough to reverse the drift and hold onto the asteroid so that it never wanders farther away than about 100 times the distance of the moon. The same effect also prevents the asteroid from approaching much closer than about 38 times the distance of the moon. In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a little dance with Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the first Amazon Prime Air drone delivery.

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