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Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

How sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, as seen from geosynchronous orbit.

Video: 100 trillion microorganisms that live on and in you

There’s a unique collage of more than 100 trillion microorganisms living on and in you that are essential to your life and part of what makes you, well, you. It’s your microbiome.

Voyager spacecraft rides tsunami wave in interstellar space

Voyager 1 might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic “tsunami wave,” a shock wave that first hit the probe in February. You can hear the eerie interstellar vibrations in a video, courtesy of NASA.

Probing the Big Bang of bird evolution

In this past week, the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium – 200 scientists, 80 institutions, 20 countries – began releasing its first results on nothing less than the origins of birds. This consortium has worked for the past four years on the whole genome sequencing of 48 bird species. Their results – which are expected to change the way we think about bird diversity – are being reported nearly simultaneously in 23 journal papers.

Video: Best storm footage ever?

High plains storms. The opening is brilliant …. the end is awesome. (You’ll like the rest too.) Video by Nicolaus Wegner.

Video: Moonlight skating in Sweden

Master sky photographer Göran Strand of Sweden mentioned a couple of days ago that he soon would have something “exotic” to show us. Today (December 10, 2014), he wrote with word of a new video he’s just completed and posted at YouTube. He wrote:

Now I finished the movie showing me and a couple of my friends tour skating on a frozen lake near Östersund, Sweden. This night was really magic, no wind, lots of ice crystals in the air and an almost full moon that shined upon us during our two hours out on the ice …

Incredible video of dense fog over Dallas

What happens when it’s so foggy outside, you can’t see anything? Simple. You grab a drone, fly it into the air and use it to capture some amazing video. Mike Prendergast posted an aerial view on top of today’s dense fog – December 9, 2014 – in Dallas, Texas. The footage is incredible. Check it out above!

Video: Chasing Starlight

Longtime EarthSky friend Jack Fusco dropped us a note earlier today. He wrote of his newest time-lapse video, which he has titled Chasing Starlight. It explores the dark skies of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada.

Video: We are dead stars

We Are Dead Stars from TRBQ on Vimeo.

Every atom in our bodies was processed in the body of an ancient star

Is it better to be a night owl or an early bird?

This Friday’s FAQ …Early birds versus night owls. Who wins the battle over bedtime? Let’s see what the guys at AsapSCIENCE have to say about this one. New video!