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Usually there are only 3 last quarter moons in a season. The November 21, 2016 last quarter moon, though, counts as the 3rd of four.
On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island, Surtsey, was being born.
Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.
Mount Hekla is Iceland’s 3rd most active volcano. A large eruption in 1104 earned it the moniker Gateway to Hell. Is Mount Hekla overdue for another eruption?
The Hindu festival of Diwali was October 30, 2016. It’s a festival of light! But can you see the light of Diwali from space?
Lunar months vary in part because the moon’s orbit around Earth isn’t a perfect circle. Longest (and shortest) lunar months in 2016, here.
Satellite data and ocean sensors show a definite slowdown since 2004 in ocean currents that warm eastern North America and western Europe.
Do you want a blanket? Norwegian researchers recently described how they trained horses to use symbols to answer that question.
Sputnik’s unassuming beep ushered in the Space Age. Hear it here.
Stalagmites on the floors of caves in southern Indiana contain evidence of past earthquakes, scientists say.
Lamnid sharks and tuna have similar physical traits that make them top ocean predators. But, a new study says, they took very different evolutionary paths.
Mass and energy are interchangeable.
We thought we might get through this summer without the dumb hoax about Mars as big as a full moon rearing its head. But, no.
No one knew whether Mount Chamberlin or Mount Isto was taller. Now an aerial study – and a ski mountaineer – declare a winner.
The next eclipse is an annular solar eclipse on September 1, 2016.
Every calendar year has at least 4, but 5, 6 or even 7 eclipses are also possible. Why don’t we see them all?
American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Phobos, one of the two Martian moons, on this date in 1877. Did he imagine how well we’d see Mars’ moons today?
It’s the insect star of The Silence of the Lambs.
Circumzenithal arcs have been described as an “upside down rainbow” or “a grin in the sky.” They’re wonderful! See photos here.
You call them starfish? They’re brilliant by any name.
Don’t miss moon and Venus December 2
See it! Moon sweeps past evening planets