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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – July 6, 2014

Earth Is Farthest from the Sun for 2014 Today

NASA/NPP Suomi

With hot temperatures so predominant across much of the country, how is it that it all comes when Earth is at its farthest point from the Sun?

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NEXT: Are 2 Potentially Habitable Alien Planets Just Cosmic Illusions?

Are 2 Potentially Habitable Alien Planets Just Cosmic Illusions?

Alan Friedman]

An area of magnetic activity around the star Gliese 581 has been masquerading as planets until now.

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NEXT: Odd Exoplanet Find Hints at Many Earth-Like Worlds

Odd Exoplanet Find Hints at Many Earth-Like Worlds

Cheongho Han, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea

A newly found alien world only orbits one of the stars in a binary system, an unusual finding according to scientists.

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NEXT: Success! Private Team Fires 36-Year-Old NASA Probe's Engines

Success! Private Team Fires 36-Year-Old NASA Probe's Engines

NASA

An old NASA spacecraft under the control of a private team fired its thrusters yesterday (July 2) for the first time in a generation.

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NEXT: Astronauts Spot Hurricane Arthur From Space Station (Photos, Video)

Astronauts Spot Hurricane Arthur From Space Station (Photos, Video)

NASA

A stunning photo snapped by astronauts aboard the International Space Station shows Hurricane Arthur churning off the coast of Florida, heading north.

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NEXT: Earth Is Farthest from the Sun for 2014 Today

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