How does ocean debris move around the Pacific Ocean? Where does it come from and how long has it been around? And what can we do about it?
Estimates place the number of giant pandas in the world today at 1,600-3,000. They are incredibly rare and endangered. That’s why this week’s announcement of panda triplets at a zoo in southern China is so exciting … not to mention adorable.
To celebrate World Elephant Day … It’s an EarthSky favorite!
Martian auroras? Or maybe a meteor shower? New NASA video about what Mars satellites might see when Comet Siding Spring passes close to Mars this October.
Last week, ESA’s Rosetta mission accomplished the first-ever comet rendezvous. That is, it’s the first spacecraft ever to fly alongside a comet, which it will continue to do for the coming year. Now the mission is in a race against time to prepare maps and collect data before the mission’s Philae lander is sent down to the surface of the comet this November.
The August 10 supermoon might look super big seen near a horizon. But all full moons look big near a horizon, due to an illusion called the moon illusion.
Which is brighter – Perseid fireballs or a supermoon? You’ll find out as the year’s biggest, brightest full moon arrives as Perseid meteor shower starts to peak.
In 2013, a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution took a specially equipped REMUS “SharkCam” underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico. Their goal was to film great white sharks in the wild. But the hunter soon became the hunted.
Check out – and try – five fun physics tricks. Can you figure out the physics behind these phenomena?
This zoom sequence stars with a view of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, then zooms in towards the crowded center of the galaxy, in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius the Archer. Then the scene shifts to an infrared view, which lets us see see through the dusty clouds in this direction and get a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.