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No alien signal, says SETI astronomer

A strong signal from a sunlike star sparked speculation this week that we might – at last – have heard from an alien civilization. Now astronomers say … no.

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Photos and video of Venus and Jupiter!

August 27, 2016 was the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Sky’s 2 brightest planets. Closest conjunction of any 2 planets in 2016.

Image via NASA.

A new normal for Arctic sea ice?

“A decade ago, this year’s sea ice extent would have set a new record low …Now, we’re kind of used to these low levels of sea ice – it’s the new normal.”

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Way-cute googly-eyed stubby squid

It’s purple! An underwater research team spotted this guy off the coast of California.

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Squirrel takes GoPro: Best POV ever

Ever wonder what squirrels see as they scamper through the treetops? Wonder no more.

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Goblin shark video, Greenland shark news

Japanese scientists utilize dramatic video to understand how goblin sharks feed. Danish scientists show that Greenland sharks can live to be nearly 400 years old!

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Watch a comet plunge toward the sun

In early August, SOHO spacecraft saw this bright sungrazing comet, plunging toward the sun at nearly 1.3 million miles (2.09 million km) per hour.

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Today in science: 7 minutes of terror

To celebrate the 4-year anniversary of Curiosity rover’s arrival on Mars, here’s a video on the final 7 minutes of its chilling descent on August 5-6, 2012.

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Emirates Mars Mission to launch in 2020

The Emirates Mars Mission – which carries the name Hope – will become the first-ever mission to the Red Planet by any Arab country.

Image via SKYGLOW

Gorgeous Dry Tortugas night skies

The National Park Service normally doesn’t allow night photography at the Dry Tortugas, but made an exception for this project.

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Spectacular rocket reentry over US West

Observers in the U.S. West saw a disintegrating meteor – a fireball, or extremely bright meteor – on July 27, 2016. It was the reentry of a Chinese rocket body.

Image via Vanderbilt University

Being called a bird brain is no insult

A new study has found that bird brains have significantly more neurons than do mammal – even primate – brains of the same mass.

Image via NASA/SDO

Trio of solar flares

The sun emitted 3 mid-level solar flares on July 22-23, 2016. This is what NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory saw.

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Sky and Earth time-lapse, New Zealand

A new time-lapse video from New Zealand, showing both its dramatic landscape and the sky above. It’s called “The Edge of Perception.”

Image via NASA

A year of Earth from a million miles

Watch a full year of Earth’s sunlit side, seen from a million miles away by the DSCOVR spacecraft.

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Moon shadow in 2017 eclipse

Fly along with Earth’s shadow in a video depicting the path of the August 21, 2017 total eclipse of the sun, first eclipse over the continental U.S. since 1979.

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1st half of 2016 warmest on record

The 6-month period from January to June was our planet’s warmest half-year in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880.

Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission used state-of-the-art computer simulations to show that the surface of Pluto's heart-shaped Sputnik Planum region is covered with churning ice "cells." These icy cells are geologically young, less than a million years old. The scene above is about 250 miles (400 km) across. It uses data from New Horizons' July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto. Image via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Video takes you to Pluto’s surface

New video released on 1-year anniversary of New Horizons’ visit to Pluto. It lets you ride aboard a Pluto spacecraft and then plunge toward its surface!

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Giant quake may lurk under Bangladesh

A huge earthquake could be building beneath Bangladesh, Earth’s most densely populated nation. There’s potential for some 140 million people to be affected.

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Noctilucent clouds over Europe last week

Time-lapse video of the amazing noctilucent cloud display over northern Europe on July 12-14, 2016. Adrien Mauduit called it a “storm” of these clouds.