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SOHO’s thousands of doomed comets

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory – SOHO – orbits the sun at 932,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth. The space observatory has just discovered its 3000th comet — more than any other spacecraft or astronomer. NASA released a new video about SOHO, which you’ll find above, on October 25, 2015. The video explains that just about all of SOHO’s comets have been destroyed.

Three amazing feats of spiders

Halloween time is spider time. Three amazing spider skills you might not have known about. Like, did you know spiders can dance?

Hubble captures changes in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

On October 13, NASA released the new portrait of Jupiter (above), produced from observations made using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

New imagery from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is revealing details never before seen on Jupiter. High-resolution maps and spinning globes reveal an elusive wave and changes to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

Video: Paddle boarding with whales

Touching juxtaposition of a classic John Lennon song with a magnificent video of whales. Video by Jaimen Hudson.

Video: First biofluorescent turtle

Explorers happen upon the first glowing sea turtle ever recorded.

Video lets you imagine Earth breathing

NASA video simulating a massive typhoon spinning toward China, with a mesmerizing something extra added. Plus a word about the Gaia hypothesis … inside.

Video: Greenland’s ice melt

Scientists are studying the increasingly fast rate of summertime ice melt in Greenland. See a new NASA video, plus illustrations of the 2015 melt season.

Amazing, blazing equinox sunset

I was tempted by EarthSky’s extensive coverage on the equinoxes to check out and photograph the equinox sunset here in Mutare, Zimbabwe on September 22, 2015 and recorded much more than anticipated. To my surprise it turned out to be literally a blazing one due to the fortuitous occurrence of a bush fire concealed behind the exact point on the hill over which the sun went down.

Watch an exoplanet orbit its star

This video is made from a series of images captured between November 2013 and April 2015, and it shows an exoplanet, a planet orbiting a distant star, moving through 18 months of its 22-year orbit around its star. The star is called called Beta Pictoris, and it’s visible, faintly, in the night sky seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. The exoplanet is called Beta Pictoris b.

Video: The solar system to scale

At first I thought I wouldn’t watch this, because it’s 7 minutes long. But then I did watch it, and I’m glad I did, because it’s a beautiful and touching depiction of the relationship between solid matter and empty space in our solar system.