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Wow! Watch sandstorm reshape dunes

Journey to White Sands, New Mexico and watch sandstorms reshape and move the dunes, under both blue and starry skies, in this gorgeous time-lapse.

Largest planet yet orbiting 2 suns

Imagine seeing 2 suns in your sky. Like the fictional planet Tatooine in Star Wars, some planets do orbit 2 stars. Kepler-164 is the largest yet discovered.

One robot spacecraft spies another

See the Mars rover Curiosity, nestled on Mars’ surface? The sharp-eyed HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught the view from space.

Why hottest weather isn’t on longest day

Solstice 2016 – longest day for us on northern Earth – was Monday. But the hottest weather is still to come for us in the Northern Hemisphere. Why?

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Liquid water ocean under Pluto ice?

“That you could have vast liquid water ocean habitats so far from the sun on Pluto – and on other Kuiper belt objects as well – is absolutely incredible.”

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

A waning gibbous moon rises in the east late at night. You might see it in the west in early morning, floating against the pale blue sky.

Midnight solstice sun and moon

Two photos from northern Sweden on solstice night, a night of a midnight sun in that part of the world … and also, in 2016, a midnight moon.

Edge of Tibetan Plateau from space

Great land plates shifted and came together – 55 million years ago – to create the Tibetan Plateau, the highest and largest plateau in the world today.

Warming temps to raise Zika virus risk

Global warming will cause more people to be exposed to the mosquito that carries Zika virus, says a new study. Why this mosquito is such a good virus-spreader.

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice? Info and photos here.

How to see anticrepuscular rays

Next time you see crepuscular rays or sunrays extending from the horizon … turn around. You might catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays.

Astronomers find a baby planet

Planet K2-33b resides in a solar system in the process of being born. In human terms, if Earth were 45 years old, this planet would be just a few weeks old.

Rare footage of Bryde’s whales feeding

Captured via drone off the coast of Auckland. There are thought to be fewer than 200 of these creatures left in New Zealand waters.