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Artist's concept via NASA
Science Wire | Nov 15, 2015

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend, hours after discovery

Discovered on Saturday, closest just hours later, this small asteroid came closer to Earth than weather and television satellites orbit.

Video still via of reentry of object WT1190F, via the International Astronomical Center (IAC) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.
Science Wire | Nov 14, 2015

Mystery object WTF has come home

It was the first time astronomers knew just when and where a piece of space debris would reenter Earth’s atmosphere. It was last night, over the Indian Ocean.

Scared of Friday the 13th?  An irrational fear of this date is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named).   Image via Kelli Marshall
Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

2015 has three Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

November 13, 2015 presents the third of three Friday the 13ths in 2015. Here’s the story behind 2015’s trio of Friday the 13ths.

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Science Wire | Nov 13, 2015

Video: Why your body is amazing

Some fun for a Friday, from the guys at AsapScience.

Blogs | Nov 10, 2015

Happy Diwali! Hindu festival of light

The Hindu festival of Diwali is November 11, 2015. It’s a festival of light! But can you see the light of Diwali from space?

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 09, 2015

NASA is recruiting astronauts

Want to be an astronaut? NASA is seeking explorers for future space missions. Here’s what it takes and how to apply.

Mysterious light sailing across the sky on Saturday night, widely seen across the U.S. West.  This image is a still from a video (profanity alert!)
Science Wire | Nov 08, 2015

Saturday night’s mystery light not a UFO

People in Los Angeles and various states in the U.S. West saw the mysterious light. It was confirmed as a Naval missile test off the California coast.

Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate change.

6.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on November 7, 2015.
Science Wire | Nov 07, 2015

6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

Strong earthquake along coast of central Chile. Same approximate region as much more powerful quake, two months ago. No tsunami warning. No immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 03, 2015

Antarctica’s ozone hole in 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole formed later than usual and had the fourth-largest area measured since the start of the satellite record in 1979.