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  1. There are Plumes Coming Out of Mars; This is Literally How War of the Worlds Begins

    Of all the times to come down with a cold...

    So scientists and astronomers have noticed the sudden appearance of hundreds of mile long plumes of... stuff on Mars, and two years later they still have no idea what may have caused them or what the plumes were made up of.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: A New Book By Kate Beaton!!!!!

    This is real life!!

    Drawn & Quarterly is publishing the follow-up to Kate Beaton's wildly-successful Hark! A Vagrant! Step Aside, Pops even features our favorite sassy velocipedestrienne on the cover. (via LA Times)

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Monkey Island LEGOs!

    That's the second biggest monkey head I've ever seen!

    Tumblr'r Chris Healy ran into these two on-point gals cosplaying as the female assassins from the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity. Take that, "too hard to animate." (via Tumblr)

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  4. Things We Saw Today: The Best Doggie Star Wars Costume Yet

    And you can own it!

    If you want your dog to join you in your Star Wars group cosplay, why not grab this officially-licensed doggie bantha costume? Tusken Raider totally included. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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  5. Here’s How to Get the Best View of This Summer’s 3 “Super Moons”

    Bonus! You also get to correct everyone about how ordinary they are!

    This summer, there will be 3 super moons. But are they really as "super" as we think they are?

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  6. Astronomy’s “Cinderella” Caroline Herschel on Stuff You Missed in History Class

    Well not really on it. She's dead, but they talk about her.

    On this week's episode of the great Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast hosts Tracey V. Wilson and Holly Frey highlight Caroline Herschel, often called the "Cinderella of Astronomy." Her brother William tends to get most of the credit -- like telescopes named after him -- but Caroline's contributions to astronomy were also noteworthy.

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  7. Are You Alone In the Universe? This Animated Short Doesn’t Think So [VIDEO]

    Consider the Following

    Munich design collective KurzGesagt has a lot of super-deep questions they'd like to ask you about life, the universe, and everything. But don't panic: they also have a lot of answers for you, as evidenced by this gorgeously rendered animated short about the biology, chemistry, astronomy, and philosophy that directly go into making you the complex life form you are. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. Look to the Skies! Tonight’s Camelopardalids Meteor Shower Could Be Quite Spectacular

    "A brand new meteor shower for a brand new you!" - Camelopardalids marketing department

    Tonight a new meteor shower, the Camelopardalid, is expected to hit the skies. It could be a big one with as many as 400 meteors per hour, so make plans to head somewhere dark, get comfy, and start making a list of wishes -- you might be getting a lot of them.

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  9. Scientists Have Found Our Sun’s First Sibling

    Welcome to the family, HD 162826!

    You can take the star out of the cloud of dust and gas, but you can't take the cloud out of the star. After years of searching a new study has identified the first ever star known to have emerged from the same "birth cluster" as our sun--and our celestial sister from the same space mister may host habitable planets.

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  10. Today We Learned Our Friend Bill Nye Took Astronomy Classes From Carl Sagan [VIDEO]

    Did the classroom implode into a black hole of awesomeness?

    Our friend Bill Nye is being profiled by the new PBS/NOVA series The Secret Lives of Scientists. Previously, he's shared his origin story and spoken about his penchant for bowties. In this clip, Bill chats about how deeply he's been influenced by Carl Sagan (you know, the host of the original Cosmos), and how Bill hopes to continue Sagan's legacy.

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  11. Fly Through the Universe in a New 3D Charted Rendering of Known Galaxies [Video]

    "These aren't the voids you're looking for." -Hilarious astronomers.

    If driving really fast through the snow at night with your headlights on just doesn't do it for you anymore (or has resulted in too many accidents), here's a video of what it would look like if you could fly through the universe at warp speed. As an added bonus, the galaxies are enlarged so you can pretend you're a giant space monster.

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  12. Competitive Eaters Request Help Studying Black Holes

    Very serious science.

    The International Federation of Competitive Eating is looking to space to help advance their sport. The organization responsible for Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest recently wrote a letter to the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii as part of their campaign to observe a black hole and learn from its insatiable appetite.

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  13. The Hunt for Aliens Just Got a Boost

    Spaaaaaaaaaaace

    Or, to put things in more scientific lingo, it's been discovered that stars' "Goldilocks zones" are bigger than previously thought. Which means we're more likely to find A) aliens and B) a place for humanity to set off to when the inevitable robot apocalypse happens. Or maybe it's a zombie apocalypse. Or a plain old nuclear one. The specifics, at least, are still up in the air.

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  14. Gallifrey Falls No More: Scientists Discover a Planet that Shouldn’t Exist

    Spaaaaaaaaaaace

    Yes, there is a petition to name it Gallifrey.

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  15. Here’s How to Catch Tomorrow’s Rare Solar Eclipse, Backyard Astronomers!

    Just don't look directly at it, okay guys? Seriously.

    Tomorrow morning there's going to be a super-rare type of solar eclipse, and - if you're lucky enough to live in the right places - you can check it out for yourself. Here's how and where you can catch the solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3rd!

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  16. The Moon and Venus Snuggle Up Close Tonight, Here’s How and When to See It in GIF form!

    Moon <3's Venus 4evah, maybe not 4evah, but definitely tonight.

    Tonight you'll be able to see a beautiful view of the Moon and Venus next to each other in the sky. Sure, they'll still actually be millions and millions of miles away from each other, but it's all about perspective, and tonight's perspective will be lovely. Here's how to see it in seven easy steps and eight silly GIFs.

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  17. The Lowest Mass Planet Directly Imaged Outside Of Our Solar System Is Pink

    It Came From Outer Space

    The image above may look like part of the advertisement for Mars Explorer Barbie, but it's not. Scientists were recently able to directly observe and acquire and image of planet GJ 504b. GJ 504b is not only the planet with the lowest mass of any that has been directly imaged in the past, but is also pink.

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  18. New Data on Extraterrestrial Cloud Cover Could Double the Number of Habitable Exoplanets

    In news sure to delight off-world travel agencies everywhere, there could be as many as 60 billion habitable planets just in the Milky Way.

    There may be something like 60 billion potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Just let that sink in for a minute: 60 billion. If it seems like an unusually high number, it's because it's been doubled from what we thought was possible before. The new higher estimate comes from astronomers at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University who realized that earlier calculations done to determine which alien planets might support life may have underestimated a major climactic influence: clouds.

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  19. Disappointed By the “Super Moon?” Here’s Why: It Isn’t “Super”

    Don't go around tonight. Well it's bound to take your life let you down. There's a bad disappointing moon on the rise.

    It's Super Moon Weekend 2013! The Moon is at it's closest point to the Earth all year, plus it's a full! The Moon's gigantic! Huge! Enormous! Except -- it isn't. For as much hype as "Super Moons" get they never fail to disappoint, and there's good reason. They're not actually that super. Don't get me wrong. The Moon is amazing. It's a giant rock in the sky that affects tides, turns people into wolves (allegedly), and we sent people to go walk on it (definitely). The Moon is great every day, but "Super Moons" are overhyped.

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  20. Look To The Skies! Watch Saturn Make A Beautifully Close Approach To Earth Tonight

    1.3 billion kilometers is a great distance, but tonight consider it relatively close. That's how far away close Saturn will be to the Earth tonight. What does that mean for you? It means that with a telescope -- even a cheap one -- you can get a beautiful view of another planet that's more than 800 million miles away. Oh, you don't have a telescope? Go buy a telescope. There's still time.

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