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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.