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In 2017, China’s Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival features the beautiful idea that we all see the same moon.

Largest-ever Gulf of Mexico dead zone

For 32 years, scientists have tracked the oxygen-depleted waters that appear each summer in the Gulf of Mexico. This year’s dead zone is the biggest yet.

Solar eclipse marked beginning of Iroquois Confederacy

A total solar eclipse of August 22, 1142 may have coincided with the birth of the Iroquois Confederacy, oldest democracy in North America and possibly on Earth.

Video: Moon hoax not

SG Collins explains why the Apollo moon landings on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s couldn’t have been faked.

Today in science: Bingham Canyon landslide

On April 10, 2013, one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the history of North America took place at the Bingham Canyon mine in Utah.

A Chinese perspective on spring

In Chinese thought, spring is associated with the direction east, the sunrise direction as Earth spins us toward the beginning of each new day.

How many eclipses in 1 calendar year?

Every calendar year has at least 4, but 5, 6 or even 7 eclipses are also possible. Why don’t we see them all?

What is retrograde motion?

Retrograde motion of Jupiter or Mars or Saturn in our sky is an illusion, caused by Earth’s passing these slower-moving outer worlds. But there’s a real retrograde motion, too.

Today in science: Quasar mystery solved

In 1963, Maarten Schmidt suddenly realized that quasars are exceedingly distant and unimaginably luminous. His revelation changed our notion of what the universe is like.

Leap second to be added December 31

Delay those New Year’s plans. World timekeepers will add a leap second just before midnight on December 31, 2016.