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Weekly Space Hangout - Oct 25 2012

This week we talk about the discovery of a planet around Alpha Centauri, a flash from the Milky Way supermassive black hole, an afterburner jet from a black hole, new space debris in low Earth orbit, the smallest yet observed supermassive black hole, and thirty two fish delivered to the ISS. We are joined by Jason Major, Nancy Atkinson, Amy Shira Teitel, and Nicole Gugliucci.
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