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Scientists say data suggests the Earth's magnetic field could be ready to flip. (Nasa/Getty Images)

Data: Earth’s Magnetic Field Weakening 10 Times Faster Than Originally Thought

European astronomers say the Earth’s magnetic field could flip so that compasses would point south.

CBS Tampa–07/09/2014

Artists conception of a red dwarf star. (Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt via Getty Images)

Astronomers Find Star That Will Gobble Up Its Planets

Kepler-56 will devour two of its planets as it balloons into a red giant.

CBS Tampa–06/10/2014

Artist conception of a rocky planet in a binary star-system, one of which is a red dwarf. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt via Getty Images)

Scientists: The Universe’s Most Common Stars Could Make Alien Life Impossible

Red dwarfs are the most common stars in the universe, but their solar winds may blast a planet’s atmosphere into space.

CBS Tampa–06/05/2014

Artist interpretation of the rings around the remote asteroid Chariklo. (Credit: European Southern Observatory)

Icy Rings Discovered Around Asteroid

Astronomers stunned to find two icy rings around a non-planetary object.

CBS Tampa–03/27/2014

File photo of an unmanned rocket. (Photo by BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)

Telescope Spies Water Plumes On Dwarf Planet Ceres

First evidence of an icy surface on Ceres, now one of the few bodies in the solar system known to have water.

CBS Tampa–01/23/2014

SETI astronomer Frank Marchis says we may be less than two decades away from finding an Earth-like planet. (Getty Images)

Astronomer: We’re 10-15 Years Away From Finding Earth 2.0

SETI astronomer Frank Marchis says we’re very close to finding an Earth-like planet orbiting another star.

CBS Tampa–01/15/2014

Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that's close in size and content to Earth — an astronomical first. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

Scientists Find First Earth-Size Planet With Rocky Core

Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that’s close in size and content to Earth — an astronomical first.

CBS Tampa–10/30/2013

The planet Venus appears close to the crescent Moon as Jupiter (R) appears nearby during a rare planetary alignment on December 1, 2008.  (credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Study: Life-Sustaining Planets May Exist Beyond Our Solar System

According to a recent study, scientist say planets in a solar system over 100 light years from Earth can sustain life.

10/12/2013

File photo of another galaxy. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)

Astronomy Union: Planet, Star Naming Services Are Scams

According to the International Astronomical Union, however, services that off people the chance to purchase naming rights to various planets are nothing more than scams.

04/15/2013