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Sorry, Everyone — No Soda Pop Comet After All

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Photo by Damian Peach
Photo by Damian Peach

Back in July, we (along with everyone else who enjoys a little sky-gazing) got excited when we heard that an especially fizzy comet “the size of a small mountain” might be passing by earth on Thanksgiving. It was going to be the “comet of the century,” and Johns Hopkins astronomers were hard at work determining what, exactly it was made out of. Well, some of us went outside last night and looked — and saw a regular old sky, no soda pop comet to be seen.

This Week in Research: Darth Vader’s Childhood Home & the Soda Pop Comet

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Photo by Ralph Lorenz, courtesy the Planetary Society

Our condolences go out to Anakin Skywalker, whose boyhood home is about to be consumed by a giant sand dune. “Hold on!” you might be saying, “Anakin Skywalker is a fictional character!” True. But his home is real — or at least the set where the Star Wars franchise filmed his childhood is real — and it’s currently under threat by a giant, swiftly moving sand dune, according to a Johns Hopkins researcher.

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