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  1. See Five Years In the Life Of the Sun In New Awesome NASA Time-Lapse Video

    Spoiler alert: The sun is cool-looking

    The sun is living a pretty interesting life out there. And NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrated its five-year anniversary on Feb. 11th, which means they've treated us all to a five-year-spanning time-lapse of what the sun's been up to for those years. Predictably, it's pretty damn epic.

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  2. NASA Catches The Sun Getting Into The Halloween Spirit

    Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?

    Trick or treat, smell my heat, give me something good to eat (like a planet)!

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  3. 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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  4. Kate Mulgrew To Narrate A Film About How The Sun Revolves Around The Earth Because Everything Sucks

    Set phasers to sadness.

    It's a sad day for fans of Star Trek Voyager : Captain Kathryn Janeway herself is lending her voice to a "documentary" about how the Sun revolves around the Earth and how NASA is leading a conspiracy to keep the truth away from us. Oh, boy.

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  5. Miserable Alien Life is Possible Around Bigger, Brighter and Hotter Stars

    At least they're not death stars.

    Move over sun, there may be a bigger star to steal the spotlight. Recent studies suggest that hotter and brighter stars are capable of providing the right conditions to form life.

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  6. Good News, Everyone! The Sun Won’t Actually Die As Soon As We Thought

    The bad news is that death, however slow its approach, continues to be inescapable.

    We know you were all worried about the possibility of our  sun becoming too hot and eventually drying up all the Earth's oceans with its fiery wrath. Well, it's okay! You can all relax now. It's probably going to happen a few billion years later than we thought it would, so we have plenty of time to destroy the planet ourselves first.

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  7. Stare At The Sun All You Like With Spectacular New Images From IRIS

    Carol never wore her safety goggles. Now she's missing out on some awesome space pics.

    Ever since IRIS opened its telescopic doors on July 17th of this year, it's been hard at work getting us awesome photos of the Sun so scientists can get a better look at its surface. We saw the telescope's very first pictures about four months ago, but they were still kind of rough at that stage. Now we've got better ones, and boy, are they gorgeous.

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  8. Comet ISON Could Give Us a Pretty Good Light Show, If the Sun Doesn’t Tear It Apart

    Maybe the sun is just jealous of other balls of light in the sky?

    The comet ISON has been hurtling around the sun for over 4 billion years, and on Thanksgiving, it will get so close to the sun that it temperature will reach 5,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt iron. At that distance, it will also be exposed to the sun's powerful tidal forces, which may rip the relatively small comet apart completely.

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  9. NASA’s Instagram of the Sun’s Atmosphere is Beautiful and Frightening

    Don't make the sun angry. You wouldn't like it when it's angry.

    NASA posted a picture on Instagram today that looks like some kind of horrifying death ray from a sci-fi movie. In reality, it is a picture of the aftermath of a solar filament eruption on the Sun, which does nothing to ease our fears of something from space killing us in a fiery apocalypse.

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  10. Yes, It’s Possible the Earth Could Survive the Death of the Sun — Not Likely — but Possible

    It's amazing what you learn by reading more than a headline.

    On Wednesday we shared the latest video by AsapSCIENCE, a YouTube channel we love, that asked the question, "Can we survive the Sun's death?" It's an interesting video that concludes that it actually is possible, but the reaction by many Twitter users has been dismissive. We'll explain further, since they clearly didn't watch the video.

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  11. Earth Now The Farthest From The Sun It Will Be All Year: Still Hot as Hell

    Is there anyway we could get even further from the Sun? Like, just for a couple of days, I mean.

    You guys without air conditioning want to hear something funny? At 11am EDT today, the Earth reached the point in its orbit where it was farthest from the sun in space. Yeah, you read that right -- farther from the Sun. As in, not near it. So you can stop making jokes about how it feels like the Sun is sitting in your living room, because it isn't. It is doing the opposite of that, and it's still too damn hot. There's nothing funny about that.

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  12. NASA Announces New Satellite To Study Sun’s Mysterious Interface Region

    The ill-understood area of the Sun could be responsible for keeping it -- and by extension, us -- hot.

    Later this month, NASA is set to launch their spanking new solar study satellite, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), a tool meant to capture data about the interface region, an area that lies just above the surface of the sun that plays a key role in intensifying the incredible temperatures of the corona, the Sun's outer atmosphere. Just how it accomplishes that, though, is unclear -- that's why we're sending a satellite, guys!

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  13. Sun Continues Impressive Activity, Tosses Coronal Mass Ejections at Earth

    If you weren't already aware, the Sun's been seeing a whole lot of action of late. Like, it's still being the Sun, but it's also putting out incredible X-class solar flares, complete with coronal mass ejections. The latter doesn't necessarily require the former, though, and that's where we find ourselves at currently. Thanks to a couple of coronal mass ejections yesterday, there's a good chance we're going to get some geomagnetic storm activity over the next few days.

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  14. Sun Erupts With Three X-Class Flares in One Day, Complete With Coronal Mass Ejections

    The Sun is ramping up towards its peak activity in its 11-year-cycle, and it's doing so in a big way. In one 24-hour period, the Sun has erupted with three progressively more intense X-class solar flares from the same region, each with its own coronal mass ejection. The CMEs are not heading in the direction of Earth, but could affect some spacecraft.

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  15. Twinsies! Alpha Centauri A Has A Cool Outer Layer, Just Like Our Sun

    The Sun, it will surprise no one, is very, very hot. What is surprising -- and consistently baffling to researchers -- is that there are certain parts of the sun that are actually rather chilly. You know, in comparison to the rest of the Sun, which, as we've covered, is just exceedingly warm. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel observatory may have made a stride or two towards understanding the strange phenomenon, though, as it has recorded the first evidence of a similar cool outer layer in a star that isn't the Sun. The same cool layer has been observed for the first time in Alpha Centauri A, a relatively nearby star noted for its similarities to our own Sun.

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  16. The Sun Has Been Dotted With Sunspots This Week, Here Are Some Beautiful Pictures Of Them

    This amazing photo of the Sun -- taken by astrophotographer John Chumack through a filter that renders it blue, and would probably make a really good tool if you ever needed to defeat Superman -- shows some of the dozens of sunspots that have been flaring up on the surface of the Sun over the past few days. Chumack snapped some pictures through a couple different filters, and you can actually see the sunspots -- which show up as white spots in this image -- more clearly in the photos below. While you're at it, you can get a look at new video -- courtesy of NASA -- that will get you as up close and personal as you can be with the Sun and still not be vaporized. What can we say, we just couldn't resist leading with a bright blue picture of the Sun.

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  17. New Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Discovered in (Relatively Speaking) Nearby Tau Ceti System

    Astronomers have discovered five new planets orbiting the nearby star Tau Ceti, and there's even better news -- one of them could potentially support life one day. While there are a couple things to be excited for, that's a big "potentially." What's more, it's not  as if "nearby" is not exactly down the block in absolute terms. At just 12 million miles away, though, it's just a stone's throw away, as far as the cosmos are concerned. Considering that we're running out of ways to doom this planet, it's never too early to start looking for a new one to ruin a little farther down the line.

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  18. Space Porn: NASA Releases Detailed Simulation of the Moon’s Phases

    The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA has released a new animation of the Moon going through its phases for the year 2013. New data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has made it possible to render the simulation with a new level of detail, and the result is just gorgeous. NASA set the video to Rossini's "String Sonata No. 3 in C Major," but we've found syncing it up to Dark Side of the Moon works nicely, too.

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  19. Some of the Best Pictures of Venus Transiting the Sun

    hold on to your butts

    So, did you watch the transit of Venus last night? Did you look directly into the sun to watch it? Then, how are you reading this right now? In case you missed it, or didn't have the proper filters for watching safely, here are some of the best pictures, provided by your friendly neighborhood internet.

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  20. The Transit of Venus: Ignore All That Advice About Not Looking At the Sun (We’re Kidding)

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    It's time for one of those rare instances when the planets and star of the universe align in a certain way that none of us will ever see again in our lifetimes. Unless we have time lords among us, of course. The transit of Venus, which means that we Earthlings will be able to observe Venus moving across the face of the Sun, is happening over the course of seven hours today (tomorrow for the Eastern hemisphere) and it won't happen again until 2117. But how are we mere mortals supposed to observe such a thing when we've been told all our lives that looking into the Sun was bad? Here's how you can look into the Sun. (But not the trap. Seriously, don't look into the trap, Egon.)

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