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Vulcan, Zika, and the Game of "Go": NOVA Next Week in Review

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This Week’s NOVA Next Feature

An unexplained orbit launched astronomers on a hunt for the mysterious planet Vulcan some 150 years ago.

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Read the excerpt from The Hunt for Vulcan: …And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe by Thomas Levenson.

In other news:

Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier, nineteenth-century astronomer, thought there was a ninth planet inside the orbit of Mercury.

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Did you miss "Himalayan Megaquake" this week? Watch it streaming online.