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Cygnus spacecraft’s fiery re-entry

Scientists aboard an aircraft caught the impressive streak and final breakup of the Orbital ATK Cygnus supply ship, as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on June 22.


Watch 5 moonsets over Zimbabwe

Moonset at 5 different points on the horizon, at 5 different moon phases, from a young moon to the June 20 full moon at Zimbabwe’s winter solstice.

Artist's concept of a greenhouse on the surface of Mars via SAIC/ NASA.

Can we grow food on Mars?

Apparently we can, and you can view details in this video from a talk given at Mars One’s recent private event in Amsterdam.

Marathon Valley on Mars opens to a view across Endeavour Crater in this scene from the Pancam of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity. The scene merges many exposures taken during April and May 2016. The view spans from north (left) to west-southwest. Its foreground shows the valley's fractured texture. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Video sweep across Mars’ Marathon Valley

A panoramic view from the Mars rover Opportunity. Wow! This video will take you to another world …

Image via SKYGLOW

Wow! Watch sandstorm reshape dunes

Journey to White Sands, New Mexico and watch sandstorms reshape and move the dunes, under both blue and starry skies, in this gorgeous time-lapse.


Rare footage of Bryde’s whales feeding

Captured via drone off the coast of Auckland. There are thought to be fewer than 200 of these creatures left in New Zealand waters.

This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter. Image via  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Juno to enter Jupiter orbit July 4

Juno will fly closer to Jupiter than any spacecraft yet, into the harshest radiation environment in the solar system.

Asteroid 2016 HO3 has an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Earth has a new quasi-satellite

Asteroid 2016 HO3 is Earth’s nearby companion in space. It’s not a second moon, but it has an orbit so similar to ours that it’ll remain nearby for hundreds of years.

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Fastest CO2 increase on record

The recent El Niño has driven a rise in atmospheric CO2. Scientists expect it to surpass 400 parts per million for the year and stay there at least a human lifetime.

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Why your GPS twinkles

Radio signals twinkle much as stars do. This can have an effect on your GPS.


See Death Valley’s 2016 superbloom

A wonderful video from SkyGlowProject.com that’ll let you experience the 2016 superbloom of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park.

This still from Larry Koehn's recent video shows Venus and Jupiter in late, 2016, when these 2 brightest of planets will appear near each other in the west after sunset.  Visit Larry's website shadowandsubstance.com

Where is Venus?

Looking for Venus? It’s behind the sun. This video tracks Venus from when it reappears again in our evening sky in July, 2016 … to April, 2017.

Possible iridium flare via Simon Waldram

I saw a flash in the night sky. What is it?

We can’t always say for sure what you saw in the night sky. But it might have been a flare from an iridium satellite.

Image from live webcam - April 26, 2016 - of the James Webb Space Telescope, now under construction at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Watch the Webb get its instruments

This new space telescope is expected to revolutionize our view of the cosmos, much as its predecessor the Hubble Space Telescope did.

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Experience a perpetual ocean

In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world.


Humans domesticated dogs twice, says study

New research suggests that dogs were domesticated not once, but twice, in different parts of the world.


Watch ISS’s newest module expand

Astronauts in orbit aboard ISS spent more than 7 hours on Saturday filling the new BEAM module with air. Check out this 25-second timelapse.


Four mini-Neptunes orbiting in lock step

For every three orbits of the outermost planet orbiting the star Kepler-223, the second planet orbits four times, the third six and the innermost eight.


Best close-up of Pluto’s surface

The most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015.

Image via NASA

Solar storms key to life on Earth?

Energy from our young sun – 4 billion years ago – helped create molecules in Earth’s atmosphere that allowed it to warm up enough to incubate life, says study.