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Image via video about moon volcanos
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Fire fountains on moon mystery solved

A new explanation for the driving force behind ancient fire fountain eruptions on the moon. Plus … do some volatiles on the moon and Earth have a common origin?

Moon shot with blue filter via our friend Jv Noriega
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

When is the next Blue Moon?

The next Blue Moon will be on May 21, 2016. It’s a seasonal Blue Moon, the third of four full moons between the March equinox and the June solstice of 2016.

Image acquired from International Space Station, August 10, 2015.
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Captures of elusive red sprites from ISS

Why are sprites elusive? It doesn’t help that they flash on millisecond timescales. Also, they’re above thunderstorms, usually blocked from view on the ground.

Zodiacal light
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Everything you need to know: zodiacal light or false dawn

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.

Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Amazing views of Saturn’s icy moon Dione

The Cassini spacecraft made its final flyby of Saturn’s moon Dione last week. Check out the spacecraft’s final breathtaking close views.

Artist’s impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star. Similar objects in the solar system likely delivered the bulk of water on Earth and represent the building blocks of the terrestrial planets. Image credit: Mark A. Garlick / University of Warwick
Science Wire | Aug 20, 2015

No asteroid threatening Earth in September

Despite rumors, no asteroid threatens Earth. All known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of hitting Earth in the next 100 years, says NASA.

animated-magnetic-fields
Science Wire | Aug 18, 2015

Space weather threatens equatorial regions too

Damaging electric currents in space affect Earth’s equatorial region, not just the poles, according to new research.

ISS, as captured by Dave Walker
Science Wire | Aug 17, 2015

How to spot the International Space Station

Every so often, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in your night sky. Here’s how you can spot it.

An artist’s conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b, seen in the near-infrared light that shows the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds. Image credit: Danielle Futselaar and Franck Marchis/SETI Institute
Science Wire | Aug 17, 2015

Astronomers discover ‘young Jupiter’ exoplanet

A team of astronomers has discovered a planet outside our solar system, 100 light-years away, that resembles a young Jupiter.

At the core of the dwarf galaxy RGG 118, University of Michigan astronomers have found the smallest supermassive black hole ever discovered. Image credit: Vivienne Baldassare, University of Michigan
Science Wire | Aug 17, 2015

Astronomers find teeny supermassive black hole

In a dwarf galaxy 340 million light years away, astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the center of a galaxy.