Greg Laughlin

Jun. 12, 2009

Colliding Planets (Don't Panic)

New research finds a small -- but present -- chance of a collision between Earth and one of its planetary neighbors in the next few billion years.

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Jan. 30, 2009

Heating Up on a Distant Planet

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that experiences temperature swings of as much as 700 degrees within a matter of hours -- and are working to model the weather patterns there.

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