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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.
See the Double Cluster in Perseus