“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.”
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft spied extensional faults on Pluto, a sign that the dwarf planet has undergone a global expansion possibly due to the slow freezing of a sub-surface ocean. A new analysis by Brown University scientists bolsters that idea, and suggests that ocean is likely still there today. Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI.
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.
Waning gibbous moon just after midnight on the morning of June 23, 2016 by Deirdre Horan of Dublin, Ireland.
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.
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.
The southern-central edge of the Tibetan Plateau near the border with western Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 1 February 2016. Image via ESA.
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.
A human-dependent mosquito, the range of the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti is projected to grow in the U.S. and affect more people globally. Image via sanofi-pasteur/Flickr
Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice? Info and photos here.
Summer solstice sunrise.
Next time you see crepuscular rays or sunrays extending from the horizon … turn around. You might catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays.
Photo via EarthSky Facebook friend Kenneth G. Smith
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.
Artist's concept of young planet K2-33b, via NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Captured via drone off the coast of Auckland. There are thought to be fewer than 200 of these creatures left in New Zealand waters.