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  1. 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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  2. If the Moon Were as Close to the Earth as the ISS, We’d Be in Big Trouble [Video]

    Welp, so much for a miracle romance.

    Fun fact: the ISS is actually way closer to the Earth than you'd think it would be. Like, only about 240 miles. That's basically less than a three and a half hour drive on your standard highway road in the U.S. Which is fine, because as far as space objects go, the ISS is pretty small. But what if the Moon were traveling at that distance instead?

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  3. #FollowFriday: Phil Plait (@badastronomer)

    Bad astronomer, but excellent Twitter account.

    It's Friday and Twitter is still a thing, so we're going to tell you who to follow. This week we'd like to point you towards science lover Phil Plait (@badastronomer) for some fun science times.

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  4. No. The Snow Outside Isn’t a Plastic Nanobot Government Chemtrail Conspiracy, Dummies. Let Us Explain

    This is a real conversation we have to have? Seriously?

    Before you post that video of yourself "burning" that "chemtrail snow" outside to prove your insane conspiracy theory -- stop. Don't. Read this first and learn how snow works, lest you run the risk of looking like a stupid person on the Internet. That burning snow outside? Yeah. That's just regular snow.

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  5. Meet Our Friend Bill Nye and Other Space Experts at SpaceVision 2013

    So much space crammed into so little space.

    Bill Nye will give the keynote on November 7 to kick off SpaceVision 2013, which is this year's edition of the biggest annual student-organized space conference in the United States. The four day conference gives students and the public a rare chance to network with professionals and academics and learn what's happening in space.

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  6. Wisconsin Marvels at Giant Possible Meteor

    At 10pm CDT night, what appeared to be a huge meteor dazzled Wisconsin residents, reportedly causing sonic booms in some areas and filling the sky "as if a full moon just peeked out from a cloud."

    Officials at the National Weather Service have not been able to confirm that it was in fact a meteor, but they said that meteor showers were expected to peak in the Wisconsin area around April 14, according to Wisconsin TV station WKOW, and so it was "likely" to have been one.

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  7. New, Geek Cameo-Packed “We Love xkcd” Video Will Make Your Heart Go Boom De Yada


    Quick: what do Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Bruce Schneier, Jason Kottke, Phil Plait, MC Frontalot, and many more have in common? Answer: they've all teamed up to make a new "We Love xkcd" video, where they sing their love of the Internet, cryptography, your sister, and more, in homage to the classic xkcd strip "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel." Video after the jump:

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