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Space News Archive - July 05, 2012

Planet-Forming Dust Abruptly Disappears Around Star

One star pinpointed as a prime location for a planet-forming disk decided enough was enough, and closed-up shop suddenly.

British Television Station Crashes Meteor In London Taxi

Londoners may have been shocked to walk past a car with a meteor sunk into it last week, but the hoax was actually a part of an advertisement for Eden TV in Britain.

Infrared Telescope Finds Impossible Binary Stars

Astronomers have discovered four pairs of stars that orbit each other in less than four hours using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope in Hawaii.

Mars Express Finds Complex History On The Martian Surface

An image taken by the ESA's Mars Express has revealed an area on the Red Planet that has quite a complex history.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'