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Alien planets found in star cluster surprise scientists

Two new planets a little smaller than Neptune circle distant stars in the NGC 6811 star cluster in this image released on Wednesday.<p>Alien planets are popping up in unexpected places.<p>Astronomers using the planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft have found two planets circling different stars in the violent …


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Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Could An Asteroid Impact Knock The Moon Into Earth?

"If an asteroid hits the moon, it will just get another crater," says Gareth Wynn-Williams, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii. It would take a moon-size object to move the moon, says Clark Chapman, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, and most likely the moon wouldn't …