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At around 5 p.m. a newly discovered asteroid named DX-110 will hurtle between us and the moon.

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The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 2 p.m. Friday for Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia and the adjacent coastal waters.

A strong cold front will push across the region today with widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms. We may see strong to severe winds with damaging wind gusts possible.

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Virgin Galactic recently completed their third powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo, a “space plane” that will give everyday people the opportunity to experience the realms of outer space.


Local author Chris Berman’s recent novel Red Moon was intended as fiction, but his prediction of an unmanned Chinese moon mission came to pass at the end of last year.

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped boat traffic in an area of southwest Florida where a pod of pilot whales stranded.

Scientists at the University of Florida are using cameras that look like something Dr. Evil might use to study the habits of Florida Alligators.

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Local scientists are keeping tabs on some of the sea's fiercest predators and tracking how long they visit the First Coast.

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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A church in Tarpon Springs is closed indefinitely following the discovery of two sinkholes on the property.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs discovered the sinkholes while remodeling.

The 80-member congregation is meeting instead at an Elks Lodge. Rev. Don Rollins says the total damage is still being calculated, but it might be as much as $1 million.

The church building is more than a century old. It is known for its paintings in the sanctuary.

NASA caught our eye earlier today when the space agency tweeted a composite image of the huge winter storm that has covered parts of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a deep blanket of snow.

The photos that make up the image were taken Thursday, NASA says, during several passes of its Aqua satellite. The craft used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer — MODIS — "to capture this true-color image of a massive winter storm moving up the eastern seaboard," the agency says.