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Hurricane Mitch, 1998
Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Why can’t scientists accurately predict a hurricane season?

Nature itself puts up a roadblock to hurricane prediction – minor variations in the atmosphere – too small for seasonal forecast models to capture.

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Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

Camelopardalids: Just a few centuries late in catching a good show

Remember the Camelopardalids, the meteor shower earlier this year astronomers said would be spectacular … except it wasn’t? Now, the same astronomers explain why.

The Milky Way, and a laser light show, over Singapore July 21, 2014.  Photo by Justin Ng.  For more about this photo, visit Justin Ng's blog.
Today's Image | Jul 22, 2014

Rising Milky Way, laser light show, Singapore, July 21

Singapore is big on laser light shows. Has them every night! Justin Ng offers the “impossible:” Milky Way rising behind the laser lights and city lights.

Mysterious hole on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

lnside the mysterious Yamal crater

Scientists are back from a first exploration of the strange crater on the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Curiouser and curiouser.

Celestial software image of Earth with two moons,.
Science Wire | Jul 22, 2014

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?

On Wednesday morning, July 23, the moon is between the star Aldebaran and the planet Venus.  Look east before dawn.
Tonight | Jul 22, 2014

Keep watching east before dawn as moon sweeps past planets

If you’re an early riser, you might know that the old moon has been back in the east before dawn this week, passing stars and planets. Keep watching!

Artist's illustration via CfA
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

Transiting exoplanet with longest year yet

Most distant planets known so far orbit close to their stars and thus have a short “year.” Kepler-421b has a year about twice as long as Earth’s.

Via dogwork.com
FAQs | Videos | Jul 21, 2014

Does your dog pronk?

Among wild animals, pronking may be a way of avoiding predators. But when you see an animal pronk, you can’t but think it’s leaping for joy.

Mammatus clouds via Pam Rice Phillips
Blogs | Photos | Jul 20, 2014

You’ve got to see these mammatus clouds

These clouds can appear ominous. But, in a way that’s so common in nature, their dangerous aspect goes hand in hand with a magnificent beauty.

Image Credit: NASA
Science Wire | Jul 20, 2014

Best photos of Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

Today is the 45th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The story in pictures.