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Mars dust storm grows global

The storm is now officially “planet-encircling.” At Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover is studying the storm’s effects, dust has starkly increased. Meanwhile, the Opportunity rover stays silent.

10 things about Martian dust storms

Mars’ massive dust storms have been challenging – and enticing – scientists for decades. From NASA, here’s the scoop on Martian dust.

Fossils of 2 new creatures from dawn of animal life

Researchers found the 2 fossils in a South Australian fossil bed dubbed “Alice’s Restaurant Bed,” a tribute to the Arlo Guthrie song lyric “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.”

Video: Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.

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Astronomers see a black hole eating a star

Astronomers now have the 1st direct image of a black hole ripping apart a star. The star-stuff goes into a disk surrounding the hole, and it’s also ejected back to space in powerful jets.

Tick’s worst day ever preserved 100 million years

A bit of amber preserved a drama from 100 million years ago, an interaction between a tick and a spider.

Summer solstice at Stonehenge

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

Summer solstice tale of 2 cities

On the June solstice, the sun will set at the same time in New York City and St. Augustine, Florida. But New York will have an hour more of daylight. How’s that happen?

More wildlife now working the night shift

It’s getting harder for wild animals to find human-free spaces on Earth. New research suggests that human disturbance is creating a more nocturnal natural world.

3D view of Amazon rainforest canopy

A rainforest canopy can reach 15 to 20 stories high. It’s an ecosystem unto itself. Now – to study drought effects – scientists have made the 1st 3D measurements of rainforest canopies in the Brazilian Amazon.

The slowest sunsets happen around now

We’re talking about the number of minutes it takes for the body of the sun to sink below your western horizon. Fastest at the equinoxes, slowest at the solstices.

All you need to know: June solstice 2018

The solstice happens this week. Longest day for the Northern Hemisphere. Shortest day for the Southern Hemisphere. Either way … a good time to celebrate!

See it! Young moon and Venus

Over several days this weekend, the moon swept near the brightest planet, Venus, in the west after sunset. Thanks to all who contributed photos! Editor’s picks, here …