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X-Flare! New Sunspot Makes Presence Known | Video

Sunspot AR2339 unleashed an X2.7 solar flare on May 5th, 2015. A radio blackout alert was issued for areas over the Pacific Ocean by NASA/NOAA. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured the fireworks in multiple wavelengths. Read more at:

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Alien Volcanoes on ‘Super Earth’ May Explain Wild Temperature Swings

Researchers found that temperatures on the “super Earth” exoplanet 55 Cancri e varied by nearly a factor of three between 2011 and 2013. One possible explanation for this huge variability is massive volcanism, astronomers said. Read more at:

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SpaceX’s Dragon Crew Capsule to Get 1st Big Test This Week

Dragon is scheduled to lift off at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to see how the capsule performs in the event of a problem during launch. You can watch the unmanned test live here on Read more at:

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Best Space Stories of the Week – May 3, 2015

A Russian cargo vessel suffered a serious malfunction on its way to the space station, NASA’s MESSENGER probe slammed into Mercury and the New Horizons spacecraft snapped the best-ever photos of Pluto. Here’s a look at’s top stories of the week. Read more at:

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