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Space News Archive - May 20, 2012

Newly Discovered Planet May Be Obliterated By Its Own Sun

A newly discovered possible exoplanet some 1,500 light years away is being shredded by the intense heat of its parent star.

May 20, 2012: Annular Eclipse For Western US Will Be Spectacular

Something is happening in the western US that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades, and national parks from California to New Mexico are preparing for the show of a lifetime, inviting people to watch either the partial or annular solar eclipse that will occur on May 20, 2012.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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