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View larger. | Slushy waves on a Nantucket beach, February 20, 2015.  Photo by Jonathan Nimerfrosh.
Science Wire | Feb 28, 2015

Slushy wave off coast of Nantucket

Sure, the ocean freezes. But this photo of partly frozen waves – caught by photographer and surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh – fascinated even the experts.

View larger. | Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower @ 40,000 ft by Colin Legg Photography
Today's Image | Feb 28, 2015

Meteor shower at 40,000 feet

Another good reason to grab that window seat! Colin Legg captured this great photo of a meteor shower, seen from an airplane window.

Science Wire | Feb 27, 2015

Another breathtaking view of Comet Lovejoy

Fermilab Dark Energy Camera took a break from studying dark energy to capture this shot of Comet Lovejoy, visible in our skies in late 2014 and early 2015.

View larger. | Meteor at Sandy Point, Maine by Mike Taylor Photo
Today's Image | Feb 27, 2015

Fireball at Sandy Point, Maine

Two photographers – Mike Taylor and Sonia MacNeil of Mike Taylor Photo – caught a bright meteor, or fireball, from an icy beach.

Tonight | Feb 27, 2015

Moon inside Winter Circle on February 27

The February 27 waxing gibbous moon shines inside the huge pattern of stars known as the Winter Circle. Be sure to notice the different colors of these stars!

Dolphin stampede via Dolphin Safari
Blogs | Videos | Feb 26, 2015

Beautiful video: Dolphin stampede and whales

Thousands of dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three whales migrating near San Clemente, plus a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling with its mom.

Artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant and early universe.  Image via Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory.
Science Wire | Feb 25, 2015

Monster black hole at cosmic dawn

A black hole 12 billion times more massive than our sun – at the heart of the brightest quasar in the early universe – as the dark ages of the universe were just ending.

When the moon occulted - over covered over - the planet Venus on June 17, 2007.  Photo by Alfons Gabel.
Today's Image | Feb 25, 2015

When the daytime moon covers Venus

Beautiful time-sequenced images from 2007, when the daytime moon covered the brightest planet, Venus.

Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Saharan dust feeds Amazon rainforest, perfectly

Phosphorus carried in Saharan dust to the Amazon rainforest each year turns out to be just enough to replace that lost from the rainforest due to rain and flooding.

Buddhist statue with mummy inside
Science Wire | Feb 24, 2015

Buddhist statue has a mummy inside

The mummy inside this statue – which was found in China – appears to be a man 30 to 50 years old. He was apparently buried alive inside a chamber while meditating.