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Blogs | This Date in Science | Jan 04, 2016

This date 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.

On March 4, 2009, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of ship tracks over the Pacific. Ship emissions contain small particles that cause the clouds to form. Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jan 01, 2016

Earth ABCs from space

HNY – Happy New Year! All 26 letters of the alphabet, spelled out in Earth’s features as seen from orbit.

Image via www.stoneybeckinn.co.uk
Science Wire | Jan 01, 2016

Why does the new year begin on January 1?

New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.

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Science Wire | Dec 29, 2015

Giant squid surfaces in Japanese harbor

Rare encounter with a giant squid. First one caught on camera was in 2012.

The Dreamtime constellation of The Emu rises out of the glow of Sydney, 350km away from the Australian Astronomical Observatory. Image credit: David Malin
Science Wire | Dec 28, 2015

Dark skies disappearing

Earth’s night skies are lighter, thanks to towns, cities and industrial complexes. How that affects astronomy … as well as birds, insects and people.

This artist's concept from August 2015 depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars. The mission will launch during the period March 4 to March 30, 2016, and land on Mars Sept. 28, 2016. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Dec 24, 2015

NASA suspends 2016 launch of InSight Mars mission

NASA has called off the planned March 2016 launch of the InSight mission to Mars, following failure to repair a leaky instrument in the science payload.

Earthrise via Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968
Science Wire | Dec 24, 2015

This date in science: Earthrise

Click here for a video visualization of events leading to one of the iconic photographs of the 20th century – Earth rising over the moon – as seen by Apollo 8 astronauts.

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Science Wire | Dec 23, 2015

Science fireplace

Warm up your holidays with this crackling science fireplace. It takes about an hour for the whole log to burn.

Credit: Russell Croman
Science Wire | Dec 23, 2015

Was the Christmas Star real?

A wondrous star has grown to be a major symbol of Christmas around the world. But what was it, really?

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket landing in Florida
Science Wire | Dec 22, 2015

Awesome Falcon 9 landing in Florida

Don’t miss the video of last night’s first-time-ever successful landing of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. Congrats to Elon Musk and the team at Space X!