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Videos | Jul 04, 2014

Video: A drone flies through fireworks

This video of fireworks from the inside is stunning. But not everyone agrees the making of it was a good idea.

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FAQs | Jul 04, 2014

How do fireworks get their colors?

The colors in fireworks help create “ohhhhs” and “ahhhhs.” But what creates the colors?

Beth Alison (@bethalison) got this shot of last night's lightning strike of One World Trade Center from her Manhatten apartment ... with her phone!
Science Wire | Jul 03, 2014

Boom! Three perspectives on July 2 lightning strike at One World Trade Center

Three different photos of one awesome event.

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Videos | Jul 02, 2014

Arthur may cause rip currents. Here’s what you need to know

As Arthur sweeps up the U.S. East Coast around Fourth of July weekend 2014, rip currents are expected to be a particularly large threat. What to do if you get caught in one.

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Blogs | Jun 30, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Ghost peppers

The Bhut Jolokia – or ghost pepper – hottest naturally-occurring pepper on earth.

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Blogs | Jun 30, 2014

No leap second to added on June 30

World timekeepers will not add a leap second on June 30, 2014. Meanwhile, a proposal to dump the leap second has been deferred until 2015.

EarthSky Facebook friend Kausor Khan in India posted this photo saying, "Lucky to capture the first glimpse of the Ramzan Moon today.
Happy ramzan to all."  Ramzan is another word for Ramadan.
Science Wire | Jun 29, 2014

In 2014, Ramadan begins June 29 with crescent moon sighting

Ramadan, for observant Muslims, is a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving.

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Science Wire | Jun 27, 2014

Video: Dog, elephant, water

Every girl’s fantasy?

Summer solstice sunrise.
Blogs | Jun 20, 2014

The summer solstice as seen from Stonehenge

Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice? Info and photos here.

Mauna Loa via satellite, from NASA
Science Wire | Jun 19, 2014

Is Mauna Loa volcano beginning to stir?

Over the past 13 months, the Volcano Observatory in Hawaii has recorded increased activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth.