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A so-far unnamed comet is heading toward the Sun for a January 3, 2010 encounter that will probably result in its demise—but you never know for sure until the actual collision results. See the images of the comet heading toward the Sun.

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The peak of the Leonid meteor shower for 2009 is Tuesday, November 17. Asia has the best viewing for the Leonids, with up to 500 per hour. North Americans will be missing some of the action, with only a prediction of up to 30 per hour.

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THE NASA spacecraft IBEX is making a map of the edge of the heliosphere, the magnetic boundary formed by the solar wind and interstellar matter at the edge of the solar system. Unexpectedly, IBEX imaged a "bright, winding ribbon of unknown origin" that goes about 80% away around the solar system.

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An international team of scientists found a small meteorite on the giant Nullarbor Plain, but even more amazing was the fact that they were able to retrace its orbit back to its parent asteroid.

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A theory was found to be wrong by a group of astronomers after their research shows that there isn’t a particular ratio of high-mass newborn stars to low-mass newborn stars in all types of galaxies. Instead, stars come in a random mix of masses.

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Australian, American, and English astronomers have completed the most detailed survey of galaxies from as far out as two thousand million light-years from Earth—that’s two billion light-years away!

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Comet Lulin will be making its closest approach to Earth on February 24, 2009. It has already given quite a few surprises as it heads toward us. Now, it is even visible without a telescope, just with your two eyeballs. As a plus, see the comet next to Saturn and four of its moons transiting the planet.

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MIT astronomers have discovered that a lunar liquid core, which existed about 4.2 billion years ago, generated the Moon’s current magnetic field. Concerning why we should go back to the Moon, one of the MIT scientists said we have literally "only scratched the surface."

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Wednesday, 07 January 2009 23:46

IYA2009: The International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy 2009, as declared by the United Nations and coordinated by the International Astronomical Union, is coming to your local universe.

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Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe saw a "new and unusual star" in the November 1572 sky. He called it a new star, or "stella nova". This astronomical event changed the way the scientific world viewed the ancient beliefs of the heavens. Now, in 2008, Brahe’s supernova has been explained!

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Nicolaus Copernicus is considered the first scientist to have removed the Earth from the center of the solar system (universe at the time) and replaced it with the Sun. Now, 465 years later, forensic scientists confirm the location of Copernicus’ grave (and his remains) with hair DNA and computer reconstruction of his skull.

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