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Living on our blue little planet seems safe until you are aware of what lurks in space. The following cosmic disasters are just a few ways humanity could be severely endangered or even wiped out. Happy reading!

Six of the biggest threats to humanity

A NASA spacecraft is about to slingshot around Earth to meet up with an asteroid

COSMIC RAY COLLECTOR  The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (center) analyzes speedy cosmic particles from its perch on the International Space Station. New results may complicate scientists’ understanding of where the particles come from. ~~ NASA

Cosmic rays misbehave in space station experiment

COSMIC RAY COLLECTOR The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (center) analyzes speedy cosmic particles from its perch on the International Space Station. New results may complicate scientists’ understanding of where the particles come from.

What lurks beneath Yellowstone? We'll soon know.  (NEWSER) – The mysteries of Old Faithful may soon be solved, thanks, in part, to something that looks like a giant hula hoop.

What lurks beneath Yellowstone? We'll soon know

What lurks beneath Yellowstone? (NEWSER) – The mysteries of Old Faithful may soon be solved, thanks, in part, to something that looks like a giant hula hoop.

Cosmic threesomes make some galaxies run away

Cosmic threesomes make some galaxies run away

Extremely rare, free-floating galaxies called compact ellipticals may have been ejected from their home clusters after a massive intergalactic meet-up.

GALAXY QUEST  Eight dark galaxies (circled) are among more than 800 that lurk in a tiny part of the Coma cluster (pictured). The two circled in yellow were discovered in an earlier study. ~~ NAOJ

Dark galaxies grow in abundance

GALAXY QUEST Eight dark galaxies (circled) are among more than 800 that lurk in a tiny part of the Coma cluster (pictured). The two circled in yellow were discovered in an earlier study.

Cosmic superlens gives telescopes a boost

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GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD  The most likely galaxy to host habitable planets might be a giant elliptical such as ESO 325-G004 (pictured, center), which is about 450 million light-years away in the constellation Centaurus. ~~ Hubble Heritage Team/STScI/AURA, NASA, ESA

Best cosmic ‘cradles of life’ may be elliptical in shape

GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD The most likely galaxy to host habitable planets might be a giant elliptical such as ESO (pictured, center), which is about 450 million light-years away in the constellation Centaurus.

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