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Today in science: Finding magnetic south

On January 16, 1909, a team of Antarctic explorers thought they’d found the magnetic south pole. Then, a few years later, they began to have doubts.

Forensic science looks at human evolution

The reach of forensic science’s is being extended back from crime scenes into prehistory to help unlock the mysteries of human evolution.

2017 has 2 Friday the 13ths

When a common year of 365 days starts on a Sunday, as it does this year, 2 Friday the 13ths are inevitable. The 1st one is in January.

When does Friday 13th have a full moon?

January 13, 2017 is a Friday the 13th, and the moon is one day past full. Past and future dates when Friday the 13th and the full moon coincide.

Watch 2017’s 2nd spacewalk Friday

ISS astronauts will work on a complex upgrade to the station’s power system during the January 13, 2017 spacewalk. Spacewalk begins around 7 a.m. EST (1200 UTC) and is expected to last about 6 hours.

NASA begins new astronaut sleep study

A new NASA study is investigating how different light intensities and spectra can be used to help regulate astronauts’ patterns of alertness and sleep.

No double moon in 2017, or ever

Can Mars ever appear as large as the moon in Earth’s sky? Heck no.

Watch year’s 1st spacewalk on Friday

Two ISS astronauts will perform the 1st spacewalk of 2017 on Friday, January 6. Live TV coverage starts at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 UTC). The spacewalk begins at 7 a.m. EST (1200 UTC).

How your brain plays tricks on your eyes

Your eyes aren’t always telling the truth, thanks to your brain. Fun video from the guys at AsapSCIENCE.

New app identifies birds from photos

Snap a pic, and the (free) Merlin Bird Photo ID app will identify the bird. Once downloaded, it can go anywhere bird-watchers go, even places without cell service or Wi-Fi.

Will I see the northern lights tonight?

Answers to commonly asked questions about seeing one of nature’s wonders: the aurora borealis or northern lights.

Today in science: Isaac Newton’s birthday

Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643. His insights laid a foundation for our modern understanding of celestial motion, light and gravity.

January’s birthstone is the garnet

Happy birthday January babies!  Your birthstone is the garnet.

Why the New Year begins on January 1

We celebrate the New Year on January 1 for reasons that are mainly historical, not astronomical. And yet nature cooperates to make January 1 a satisfying time to start anew.

Today in science: Discovery of Ceres

Ceres was the first asteroid ever discovered, in 1801, and it’s still the largest body in the asteroid belt. Nowadays, we call it a dwarf planet, and a spacecraft has been orbiting it!

Chinese New Year is January 28, 2017

This year’s Chinese New Year starts January 28, 2017, and rings in the Year of the Rooster. Gong Xi Fa Ca, y’all.

Leap second to be added December 31

Delay those New Year’s plans. World timekeepers will add a leap second just before midnight on December 31, 2016.

Lucky New Year’s foods

Lucky New Year’s foods in the U.S. South and around the world. Happy 2017!

Here’s the path of 2017’s solar eclipse

This video from NASA shows the path across the U.S. of the August 2017 solar eclipse.

Sun’s entry into zodiac signs, 2017

Astrology and astronomy are different systems. In some systems of astrology, signs of the zodiac remain fixed relative to seasonal markers, such as the equinox and solstice points on the sky’s dome.