Greatest Astronomy Hits of 2016

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Join us as we recap the top astronomy-related stories of 2016.

1. A potentially habitable planet was discovered orbiting the closest star to Earth.

2. First direct detection of gravitational waves – Einstein first identified the link between space and time. Gravity can stretch and compress space and time. Gravity waves actually pass through the fabric of space-time.

3. The estimated number of galaxies in the universe is now at 1 trillion.

Mark your 2017 calendar for August 21st – a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States.

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