Warning Issued Of ‘Galactic Mass Ejection’ To Hit Earth – Hundreds Of Thousands Died The Last Time An Event Like This Occurred

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Warning Issued Of ‘Galactic Mass Ejection’ To Hit Earth – Hundreds Of Thousands Died The Last Time An Event Like This Occurred:

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Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ may have caused entire solar system to tilt

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‘Planet Nine’ may have caused the solar system to tilt six degrees

Mysterious ‘Ninth Planet’ may have caused entire solar system to tilt:

The hypothesised ‘Planet Nine’, which is believed to exist beyond Pluto, may have tilted the entire solar system, astronomers believe.

Earlier this year, scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) announced that a planet ten times the mass of Earth probably exists around 19 billion miles away. It was shown to exert such a huge influence on its region of space that it was dubbed ‘the most planety of all planets.’

Now the same team believes ‘Planet Nine’ is also responsible for one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy – why the solar system lies on a strange tilt.

All of the planets, including Earth, orbit in a flat plane with respect to the Sun. But that plane rotates on a six-degree angle with respect to the Sun’s equator, a misalignment which has left astronomers scratching their heads for decades.

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NASA to land on asteroid that could have once seeded life, but may now destroy Earth

NASA to land on asteroid that could have once seeded life, but may now destroy Earth:

NASA is about to launch a $1 billion 7-year mission to probe asteroid Benny, which may carry the building blocks of organic life, but also has a chance of hitting Earth late in the next century.

“It may be destined to cause immense suffering and death,” Dante Lauretta, professor of planetary science at Arizona University and the lead researcher on the OSIRIS-REx mission, told the Sunday Times.

Discovered in 1999, Bennu measures about 500 meters across, weighs over 60 million tons, and travels at over 100,000 kilometers per hour.

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LIVE: Watch Mercury Travel Across The Face Of The Sun (VIDEO)

Watch Mercury travel across the face of the Sun

LIVE: Watch Mercury travel across the face of the Sun (VIDEO):

It only happens a few times a century: the smallest planet in our solar system is passing between the Earth and the Sun, allowing us a rare glimpse of Mercury in motion.

The planet appears as a small black dot against the bright background of the Sun, traveling diagonally in front of the solar sphere over several hours today.

The planet has already come into view and you can follow the transit of Mercury live via Slooh’s YouTube feed:

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Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star

Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star:

For the first time, researchers have discovered three potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in another star system, according to a study published in the journal Nature.

The ultracool dwarf star, known as TRAPPIST-1, isn’t the kind of star scientists expected to be a hub for planets. It’s at the end of the range for what classifies as a star: half the temperature and a tenth the mass of the sun. TRAPPIST-1 is red, barely larger than Jupiter and too dim to be seen with the naked eye or even amateur telescopes from Earth.

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Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn all align for first time in 11 years

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all in alignment in our sky - and will continue to be for around a month

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn all align for first time in 11 years:

Earthlings can now observe a rare celestial gathering: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all in alignment in our sky – and will continue to be for around a month. The last time the five paraded in a line was December 2004 to January 2005.

From January 20 to February 20 sky-gazers can see the five planets almost literally lined up, as their positions along the ecliptic (the sun’s perceived path in our sky) form a diagonal line. Even the naked eye will be enough to see them, though a telescope and binoculars will help.

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