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Young moon, refracted by atmosphere

Wonderful timelapse from Mike Cohea showing the October 20 young moon – only 1.3% illuminated – setting over Newport, Rhode Island, being refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. 

Whales and dolphins live ‘human-like’ lives

They work together, talk to each other and use tools. A new study links the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their brains.

What are gravitational waves?

If you understand how a trampoline works, you’ll be able to understand what gravitational waves are.

Gravitational waves, and more, from merging neutron stars

On Monday, LIGO and Virgo announced the 1st detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars, and 1st observed in both gravitational waves and light. “It ushers in a new era in astronomy.”

Egg-shaped Haumea has a ring

Dwarf planet Haumea – which orbits our sun in Pluto’s realm of the solar system – has become the first trans-Neptunian object known to be encircled by a ring.

Chasing the northern lights in Alberta

A night sky timelapse by Jack Fusco featuring frozen lakes, fog inversions, and of course the northern lights!

Secret Antarctic ice canyons revealed

Ice shelves in Antarctica are like conveyor belts, continually carrying ice to the sea. Scientists have found hidden canyons on their undersides that may affect the shelves fragility.

5 new pairs of merging supermassive black holes

Merging black holes are the sorts of catastrophic events that produce the strongest gravitational waves. Scientists just announced 5 new pairs, in the centers of distant galaxies.

All you need to know: Draconids in 2017

The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2017, a bright waning gibbous moon will interfere, but still … give it a try!

Moon and planet-rise, seen from space

This timelapse video shows a peaceful and breathless moonrise from the International Space Station, with Venus, Mars and Mercury also in view.