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The Smallest Galaxy Ever Discovered
June 17, 2013 | has an interesting article about a tiny galaxy (only about 1000 stars) that is the smallest ever found. Most galaxies are orders of magnitude larger.

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The Smallest Planet
February 22, 2013 | NASA
"NASA's Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun." Quoted from the NASA press release.

Powerful Jets Blowing Material Out of Galaxy
September 11, 2013 | National Radio Astronomy Observatory
"Astronomers using a worldwide network of radio telescopes have found strong evidence that a powerful jet of material propelled to nearly light speed by a galaxy's central black hole is blowing massive amounts of gas out of the galaxy." Quoted from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory press release.

Radio Bursts From Beyond our Galaxy?
November 10, 2013 | NASA
"Astronomers, including a team member from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have detected the first population of radio bursts known to originate from galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The sources of the light bursts are unknown, but cataclysmic events, such as merging or exploding stars, are likely the triggers." Quoted from the NASA press release.

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