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After anomaly, New Horizons normal operations resume July 7

Image credit: NASA

Image credit: NASA

An anomaly on Saturday caused New Horizons to enter “safe mode.” The mission is returning to normal science operations on July 7 and remains on track for the July 14 Pluto flyby.

Hidden supermassive black holes revealed

An artist’s illustration of a supermassive black hole, actively feasting on its surroundings. The central black hole is hidden from direct view by a thick layer of encircling gas and dust. Image credit: NASA/ESA.

An artist’s illustration of a supermassive black hole, actively feasting on its surroundings. The central black hole is hidden from direct view by a thick layer of encircling gas and dust. Image credit: NASA/ESA.

Scientists have detected 5 supermassive black holes previously clouded from view. The research suggests there are millions more hidden black holes out there.

EarthSky’s top 10 tips for super stargazers

Photo credit: Computer Science Geek

Photo credit: Computer Science Geek

Stargazing is for everybody. It’s for people who like seeing themselves as part of a bigger picture … people with a sense of wonder … people who just like being outside at night. Maybe that’s you. If so, here are some tips to help you get started.

How the parrots got its chat

Who’s a clever boy then? Photo credit: D Coetzee/Flickr

Who’s a clever boy then? Photo credit: D Coetzee/Flickr

New findings help explain how parrots, just like humans, can talk and dance.

M6 and M7: Deep-sky gems in Tail of Scorpius

Your binoculars are perfect for finding M6 and M7, assuming you have a dark sky.  They fit within a single binocular field of view.  Image via starrynighteducation.com.

Your binoculars are perfect for finding M6 and M7, assuming you have a dark sky. They fit within a single binocular field of view. Image via starrynighteducation.com.

On summer evenings, look for a gorgeous pair of star clusters near the Tail of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. They are M6 (Butterfly Cluster) and M7 (Ptolemy’s Cluster). M6 and M7 may well be northern summer’s finest clusters. To appreciate them, you need a dark sky. Binoculars enhance the view. Follow the links inside to learn more.

Earth farthest from sun for 2015 on July 6

Image via earthtimes.com

Image via earthtimes.com

Planet Earth reaches its most distant point from the sun for 2015 on July 6, at 19:41 UTC. That’s 2:41 p.m. Central Daylight Time in the U.S. Given that Earth is farthest from the sun every year in early July, then why is it so hot outside for us in the N. Hemisphere? Answer just a click away….

Many of Earth’s biggest aquifers overstressed

Groundwater trends in 37 of the world's largest aquifers. Image via NASA.

Groundwater trends in 37 of the world’s largest aquifers. Image via NASA.

People around the world rely on groundwater for drinking and crop irrigation. But a new satellite data study says that many of our biggest aquifers are overstressed.

Dawn’s early light

Photo: Matt Sklnner Lights Out Photography

Photo: Matt Sklnner Lights Out Photography

Beautiful July dawn in northeast Alaska’s Thompson Pass.

Summer Triangle: Altair and Aquila the Eagle

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In the east after dark, near the horizon, Altair, the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle, springs into view. This is the bottom star of the Summer Triangle. In the sky, you’ll see that this bright star has a slightly fainter star on either side.

Incredible color-changing! How does octopus do it?

Here’s a different kind of color explosion for the holiday. How and why the octopus, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.