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The Tadulako University/Western Kentucky University team in Palu, Indonesia.
Science Wire | Apr 04, 2016

Where exactly is the moon? Eclipse stories from Indonesia

The solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 brought together students from around the world – and EarthSky helped to make it happen.

Science Wire | Apr 03, 2016

Ocean temps predict heat waves 50 days out

Scientists identified what they call the Pacific Extreme Pattern – warm seawater next to cool seawater – and showed its connection to heat waves weeks later.

Full moon photo by EarthSky community member Fernando Alvarenga in San Salvador.
Science Wire | Apr 03, 2016

Why does the moon seem to follow you?

You, or your kids, might notice this. When you’re moving in a car, earthly objects get left behind, but the moon seems to follow. Why?

Photo: © Vladimir Melnik / Fotolia
Science Wire | Apr 01, 2016

Sea-level rise underestimated by half?

A new study suggests that sea-level rise over the next 100 years could be nearly double earlier estimates.

A 22W laser used for adaptive optics on the Very Large Telescope in Chile. A suite of similar lasers could be used to alter the shape of a planet's transit for the purpose of broadcasting or cloaking the planet. Credit: ESO / G. Hüdepohl
Science Wire | Apr 01, 2016

Laser cloaking to hide Earth from aliens?

If we wanted to hide Earth from alien civilizations, could we do it? Apparently, we could, according to new work by two scientists at Columbia University.

Photo by Osiris Castillo in Casares, Nicaragua. Visit Osiris on Facebook.
Science Wire | Mar 31, 2016

Global astronomy month begins April 1

April, 2016, is Global Astronomy Month 2016 (#GAM2016), organized by Astronomers Without Borders, whose motto is One People One Sky.

This is this morning's moon - March 27, 2016 - via Deirdre Horan in Dublin, Ireland.  Thanks, Deirdre!
Science Wire | Mar 27, 2016

This is the earliest Easter until 2035

There are 35 dates on which Easter can take place. There won’t be another one as early as today’s Easter Sunday until 2035.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Mar 23, 2016

Searching for shipwrecks from space

A new study uses satellite images to detect ships’ watery graves.

View larger. | Many U.S. cities face potential risk in summer of low, moderate, or high populations of the mosquito species that transmits Zika virus (colored circles). The mosquito has been observed in parts of the United States (shaded portion of map) and can establish populations in additional cities because of favorable summertime meteorological conditions. In addition, Zika risk may be elevated in cities with more air travelers arriving from Latin America and the Caribbean (larger circles).  Image credit: NCAR
Science Wire | Mar 21, 2016

Zika virus may affect 50 U.S. cities

Weather, travel, and poverty may facilitate summertime outbreaks of Zika virus in many U.S. cities in summer, 2016, a new study shows.

An artist’s rendition of what the study site at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, where human ancestors searched for food and water, may have looked like 1.8 million years ago, Image cedit: M.Lopez-Herrera via The Olduvai Paleoanthropology and Paleoecology Project and Enrique Baquedano.
Science Wire | Mar 20, 2016

Snapshot of early human ancestors’ lives

Scientists used fossil remains and primitive tools to build a vivid description of what life was like for our early human ancestors, 1.8 million years ago.