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Friday Nite Videos -- February 24, 2016

Karine Jean-Pierre on Resistance Recess. John Oliver: Putin. One Strange Star, Seven Planets. Infowars' Alex Jones Is Trump's CAPS LOCK Advisor. Kellyanne Conway's Interview Tricks, Explained.

One Strange Star, Seven Planets

This video details a system of seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star, a discovery of the Spitzer Space Telescope operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

The Exoplanet Next Door

Astronomers have discovered evidence of a small, rocky planet orbiting our nearest star. Could Proxima b ever sustain life? The little planet orbits our sun’s nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri.

Women of Pluto and Other Amazing Plutobits

Tabitha M. Powledge
“The New Horizons mission is a stunning validation of not only astronomy and physics, but of science itself. ... No astrologer could have given us this information. Alchemy could not have powered the rockets so powerfully and precisely ... This will be remembered as an achievement of our species, of our civilization, and of the power of science.”

Ninth Rock From the Sun

Stephen Colbert and Neil deGrasse Tyson riff, with scientific rigor and lots of humor, about the New Horizons findings, Pluto weirdness, and the demotion (or elevation?) of Pluto from planet to king of the Kuiper Belt.

On the Trail of an Ancient Mystery

John Markoff New York Times
Although it was not programmable in the modern sense, some have called it the first analog computer.

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

A team of astronomers based in Hawaii has redrawn the cosmic map, redefining our home supercluster of galaxies, which they name Laniakea (‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian).
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