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Does This Nebula Look Like a Minecraft Creeper to You?

Quick, somebody send an ocelot up there!

Creepers, man. You think you're alone dutifully working on your Minecraft tribute to the USS Enterprise at night, when suddenly some green rectangular asshole sneaks up behind you and explodes you both to oblivion. Luckily this one's pretty far away from us. Like, at least a couple of light years.

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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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Scientists May Have Spotted a Tiny, Magma-Covered Exoplanet

While observing the exoplanet GJ 436b orbiting its red-dwarf star, astronomers noticed something odd: Periodic fluctuations in light from the star indicating that there was perhaps another planet. One smaller than Earth, and possibly covered in glowing, molten rock. Who's up for a trip to Magma World?

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Astronomers Discover Strange New "Species" of Galaxy, Possible Missing Link in Galactic Evolution

Astronomers have discovered a strange new "species," so to speak, of galaxy. Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA astronomers discovered four of these ultra-red galaxies. Though they are able to describe the members of this type of galaxy, they are unable to explain what makes them so red in color.

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