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Carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifts east

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. This animation, made from satellite data, shows carbon monoxide from the state’s massive wildfires drifting eastward all the way across the U.S.

Wow! Zoom to the Milky Way’s center

Decades of work have gone into probing the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. Click in for a video showing stars orbiting the 4-million-solar-mass black hole at our galaxy’s core.

Want to trick your ears?

You’ll enjoy this video of audio illusions from the guys at AsapSCIENCE. Can you understand the talking piano?

How NASA will shield solar probe from crazy heat

The Parker Solar Probe, expected to launch Saturday, will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft in human history. How will the spacecraft withstand the heat?

Young star caught eating its planet

It had been theorized that some young stars might devour their planets. Now astronomers have the 1st solid evidence – from the Chandra X-ray Observatory – of just such an event caught in the act.

These spacecraft are studying Mars dust

Raging, planet-wide dust storms – like the one going on now – happen only every 6 to 8 years on Mars. Here’s how NASA spacecraft are studying it, plus a cool before-and-after video! 

Amazing Kilauea volcano imagery you might have missed

For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.

Apollo and the moon-landing hoax

Why do people persist in denying that human beings landed on the moon?

Witness the birth of an iceberg

This iceberg broke off Greenland’s Helheim Glacier on June 22. If laid atop New York City, it’d stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown.

Whoa! Flash flood footage from Utah

Amazing flash flood footage from Utah, July 16, 2018.

Listen as Saturn and its moon interact

Spacecraft observations reveal plasma waves moving from Saturn to its rings and its moon Enceladus. Researchers converted a recording of the plasma waves into an audible cosmic whoosh that you’ll enjoy.

Ghostly neutrino caught in South Pole ice ushers in a new astronomy

Last week, scientists announced the 1st known source for ghostly, high-energy neutrinos. The source is a blazar, a billion-solar-mass black hole 3.7 billion light-years away. The discovery establishes a new way to study the universe.

5 things we know – and 5 we don’t – about ‘Oumuamua

Mysterious ‘Oumuamua is the 1st confirmed interstellar object to pass through our solar system.

Asteroid 2017 YE5 turns out to be double

Asteroid 2017 YE5 swept by Earth in late June. Turns out, it’s a double asteroid, with both bodies almost identical in size and not touching – only the 4th such object ever detected.

From Pluto, Earth to transit sun on July 12

Earth transits seen from Pluto are rare. The last one happened in 1931, a year after Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. It won’t happen again for 161 years.

Heads up on July 2019 total solar eclipse

A 5-minute video from the European Southern Observatory on the 2019 eclipse in South America and the South Pacific. Eclipse map, and more.

Why does the ocean have waves?

Waves are created by energy passing through water. Here’s what you need to know, in 30 seconds.

Dust from Africa spreads into the Americas

This past weekend, a massive dust cloud from Africa’s Sahara Desert swept across the Atlantic and caused hazy skies across Texas, Mexico and parts of Central America.

Astronomers capture 1st confirmed image of a newborn planet

The newly imaged newborn planet is located at about the distance of Uranus – our solar system’s 7th planet – from the dwarf star PDS 70. Its atmosphere appears to be “cloudy,” these astronomers said.

Interstellar asteroid update: It’s a comet!

`Oumuamua is moving faster than expected on its way out of our solar system. Astronomers now think it’s really a comet, venting material from its surface that’s giving the object a small but steady push.