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Links 1 through 10 of 10 by Phil Gomes tagged astronomy

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"Though they may appear minor, some of these short-term fluctuations were the most dramatic events in life’s history, precipitous drops in biodiversity known as mass extinctions. Scientists have identified nearly 20 throughout the fossil record. Some 250 million years ago, one of the worst, the end-Permian event, killed off about 95 percent of life on Earth. Such transitions can be so radical and rapid that the rocks are fundamentally altered, inaugurating an entirely new geological period. The signs of ancient cataclysms are visible on most exposed cliff faces, where the oblivion of whole classes of creatures is often compressed into a centimeters-thin layer of rock."

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"A schoolboy has survived a direct hit by a meteorite after it fell to earth at 30,000mph."

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"Venetia Phair, as she became by marriage, died April 30 in her home in Banstead, in the county of Surrey, England. She was 90. The death was confirmed by her son, Patrick."

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"Astronomers have found the most distant water yet seen in the Universe, in a galaxy more than 11 billion light-years from Earth."

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"Chris DiBona... just returned late last week from Washington, D.C.... to set the stage for what will be the largest data transfer for the project ever: The near totality of all the astronomical data and images that Hubble has ever collected."

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PG: A bunch of whackjobs who believe that the sun revolves around the earth... Seriously...

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