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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.

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.

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

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 sunrise.

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

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

Photo via EarthSky Facebook friend Kenneth G. Smith

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.


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.

Red Phoenix, aka Vermilion Bird. Image via fantasticanimals.wordpress.com.

A Chinese perspective on summer

In Chinese thought, summer has been associated with the color red, the sound of laughing, the heart organ, the fire element and a red phoenix bird.

From the December solstice to the June solstice, the sunset makes its way north, as illustrated in this photo composite by Abhijit Juvekar.  Thanks, Abhijit!

All you need to know: June solstice 2016

It’s that beautiful time of year again in the Northern Hemisphere, when the June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer – is nearly upon us.

Virga over Golden Open Space, New Mexico on June 1, 2016. . 6:09 pm. Photo via Jay Chapman.

What is virga?

We’ve all seen virga, but maybe not known what it’s called. Virga is rain that evaporates before it hits the ground. Enjoy these photos!

Image via NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Phytoplankton bloom in the North Sea

Ocean phytoplankton are too small to see individually, but a large phytoplankton bloom can be seen from space as a colored patch on the sea surface.

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Fastest CO2 increase on record

The recent El Niño has driven a rise in atmospheric CO2. Scientists expect it to surpass 400 parts per million for the year and stay there at least a human lifetime.