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Vote Now! Top Space News of the Week - March 10, 2013

Bright Comet Pan-STARRS, Debris Hits Satellite & More

Terry Lovejoy/Australia

Last week a Russian satellite was hit by debris from a Chinese anti-satellite test, comet Pan-STARRS was visible for observers in the Northern Hemisphere and NASA does the “Harlem Shake.” See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: Russian Satellite Hit by Debris from Chinese Anti-Satellite Test

Russian Satellite Hit by Debris from Chinese Anti-Satellite Test

Courtesy of Analytical Graphics, Inc.

A small, ball-shaped Russian satellite was hit by debris from China's 2007 anti-satellite test on Jan. 22. The space junk collision has changed the BLITS satellite’s orbit, scientists say. BLITS was used for laser ranging experiments. [Full Story]

NEXT: Bright Comet Pan-STARRS in Night Sky: How to See It

Bright Comet Pan-STARRS in Night Sky: How to See It

Terry Lovejoy/Australia

This bright comet should emerge from below the sun for observers in the Northern Hemisphere this week. [Full Story]

NEXT: 6 Surprising Facts about World's Most Powerful Radio Telescope

6 Surprising Facts about World's Most Powerful Radio Telescope

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Six things you didn’t know about the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), a giant telescope due to be inaugurated in Chile next week. [Full Story]

NEXT: NASA Does the 'Harlem Shake' in Video Spoof

NASA Does the 'Harlem Shake' in Video Spoof

NASAWallops

The "Harlem Shake" has infiltrated NASA. After rocketing to the top of the Billboard charts — thanks in part to its viral success on YouTube — the song, "Harlem Shake" by electronica artist Baauer has now been spoofed by a group of employees from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. [Full Story]

NEXT: Strange 'Methuselah' Star Looks Older Than the Universe

Strange 'Methuselah' Star Looks Older Than the Universe

Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO

The oldest known star appears to be older than the universe itself, but a new study is helping to clear up this seeming paradox. [Full Story]

NEXT: Origins of Massive Star Explosions May Be Found

Origins of Massive Star Explosions May Be Found

Jujia Zhang of Yunnan Astronmical Observatory China and Xiaofeng Wang of Tsinghua University

A study of 188 supernovas has allowed astronomers to determine that the spectral features of a star explosion may reveal clues to that star’s birthplace. [Full Story]

NEXT: Ancient Mega-Flood on Mars Revealed in 3D

Ancient Mega-Flood on Mars Revealed in 3D

NASA/MOLA Team/Smithsonian Institution

Scientists have created a three-dimensional reconstruction of Marte Vallis, the largest of the outflow channels that were carved into Mars -- presumably by an ancient mega-flood -- within the past 500 million years. [Full Story]

NEXT: Milky Way's Black Hole to Gobble Space Cloud This Year

Milky Way's Black Hole to Gobble Space Cloud This Year

European Research Media Center

The Milky Way’s giant black hole is set to gobble up a large matter cloud soon. [Full Story]

NEXT: Meteorite Crater Under Iowa Confirmed in New Images

Meteorite Crater Under Iowa Confirmed in New Images

USGS.

Buried beneath the rocks, dirt, buildings and roads of the city of Decorah, Iowa, lies a 470 million-year-old meteorite crater. [Full Story]

NEXT: US-Russian Crew Launching to Space Station in Record Time

US-Russian Crew Launching to Space Station in Record Time

NASA

The next crew to fly to the International Space Station will make the trip more quickly than any astronauts before them, thanks to a new docking procedure being tested on this run. [Full Story]

NEXT: Slight Chance Comet Could Hit Mars in 2014, NASA Says

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