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Blogs | Oct 22, 2014

Fake image of India during Diwali versus the real thing

The Hindu festival of Diwali is October 23, 2014. It’s a festival of light! But not so much so that you can see the light of Diwali from space.

Original Iroquois League was known as the Five Nations
Blogs | Oct 22, 2014

Solar eclipse marked beginning of Iroquois Confederacy

A total solar eclipse of August 22, 1142 may have coincided with the birth of the Iroquois Confederacy, oldest democracy in North America and possibly on Earth.

1946 tsunami in Hawaii, via USGS
Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

How often might Hawaii get a monster tsunami?

Scientists say that the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was a thousand-year event. A monster wave might strike Hawaii about as often.

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Science Wire | Oct 20, 2014

First-ever image of 5th order rainbow!

The fabled quinary or 5th order rainbow is made by sunlight reflected five times inside raindrops. Now, for the first time, we have an image of one.

Comet/Mars encounter on Oct. 19, via NASA.
Blogs | Oct 19, 2014

Comet Siding Spring’s near-miss of Mars was October 19

The close pass of Comet Siding Spring to Mars was exciting! Closest approach was October 19. Watch for photos from the event here at EarthSky.org.

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Videos | Oct 15, 2014

This hummingbird video will melt your heart

Hummingbirds playing in a fountain. Toward the end, listen for the little clicks and chirps.

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Science Wire | Oct 13, 2014

Largest-yet study describes near-death experiences

Tunnels ending in light, your life flashing before you, out-of-body sensations. Near-death experiences merit further study without prejudice, these researchers say.

Earth and moon from Mercury's orbit
Science Wire | Oct 11, 2014

MESSENGER spacecraft sees lunar eclipse from Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft, now orbiting Mercury, caught the images to make this movie of last Wednesday’s lunar eclipse. See Earth and moon from Mercury!

Super Typhoon Vongfong near its peak intensity. Image Credit: VIIRS Infrared Imagery/NOAA
Blogs | Oct 10, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong approaching Okinawa

Typhoon Vongfong will push into Okinawa later today (October 10, 2014) as a Category 2 or 3 storm with winds greater than 100 mph.

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Science Wire | Oct 08, 2014

Video: Amazing energy facts

Watch a fun new video from the asapSCIENCE guys.

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Oct 07, 2014

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began on the night of April 14-15. The next one will be on the night of October 7-8.

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Science Wire | Oct 07, 2014

Join EarthSky’s Deborah Byrd at online viewing of total lunar eclipse

Slooh.com invites stargazers worldwide for an online viewing of the total eclipse of the moon on October 8. Deborah Byrd will be on hand as a special guest.

Kinshasa's railways helped to make it on of Africa's best connected cities. Photo credit: Atlas du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urund
Science Wire | Oct 06, 2014

AIDS pandemic origin was 1920s Kinshasa, says study

Between the 1920s and 1950s, a perfect storm of population growth, sex and railway links let HIV to spread from Kinshasa in Africa, across the globe.

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Science Wire | Sep 30, 2014

Wind and solar energy capacity catching with nuclear power

The Worldwatch Institute quantifies the steady decline of nuclear energy’s share of global power production, and renewable energy’s increased share.

Image credit: Deisseroth Lab
Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Video: New 3D look at brain circuitry

New imaging technology provides unprecedented 3-D views of an intact brain’s neural structure and its vast internal connections.

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Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

World population unlikely to stabilize in this century

Experts used “scenarios” to suggest global human population will stabilize around 9 billion by about 2050. A new statistical analysis tells a different story.

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Science Wire | Sep 27, 2014

Why is Antarctic sea ice increasing as Arctic sea ice declines?

Arctic sea ice continued its long-term decline in 2014. Meanwhile, sea ice on the other side of the planet was headed in the opposite direction. Why?

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Blogs | This Date in Science | Sep 27, 2014

This date in science: E=mc2

Mass and energy are interchangeable.

Storm surge from Hurricane Dennis on July 10, 2005, near Panacea, Florida.  Photo via USGS
Science Wire | Sep 23, 2014

History of storm surge in Florida strongly underestimated

Northwestern Florida was thought to get hit by a hurricane with a five-meter (16-foot) storm surge every 400 years. In fact, the frequency may be every 40 years.

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Sep 23, 2014

This date in science: Pablo Neruda and the beauty of the universe

Astronomical imagery often figured in the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Today, with the help of Michael West of Maria Mitchell Observatory, we honor that connection.

Image Credit: Cane Rosso
Blogs | Sep 22, 2014

Autumn equinox, cycles of nature and Chinese philosophy

The Chinese were great students of nature. Autumn is connected in Chinese thought with the direction west, considered to be the direction of dreams and visions.