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Deborah Byrd

Alien-hunting AI discovers dozens of mysterious fast radio bursts

Astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen program used AI (artificial intelligence) to find 72 repeating, short, unpredictable radio bursts, from a mysterious source 3 billion light years away.

Landslides and avalanches keep comets active

Landslides and avalanches on comets might keep them active, when closest to the sun, much longer than expected. They might even bring some dormant comets back to life!

Rainbow over Penang Island, Malaysia

Joey Zahari Mawi caught this amazing cloud and rainbow last Saturday – September 8, 2018 – before the sunset.

Florence tracking toward U.S. coast: How to stay safe

Hurricane Florence is on track to hit the U.S. East Coast as a major storm later this week. Here are some tips if a hurricane is heading toward your area.

What is a waxing crescent moon?

You’ll always see a waxing crescent moon in the west after sunset. It’s a setting moon, due to follow the sun below the western horizon.

Beach mirrors sky over Lincolnshire, U.K.

When a thin film of water covered this beach, it looked as if people (and dogs) could walk in the sky.

Stand on Mars, look around

Of course you can’t really stand on Mars. But you can do the next best thing with this cool new 360-degree interactive panorama from NASA’s Curiosity rover. Notice the settling dust!

Lavender field under the Milky Way

Lavender, lavender, lavender and stars! Grafixart Sam captured this image on a summer night in the Provence region of France.

A sun halo, sundogs and more

Halos around the sun or moon aren’t uncommon, but this is a really special one. Thanks to Martin Male, who captured it from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Saturn’s famous hexagon towers above cloudtops

As wide as 2 Earths – like nothing seen on any other world – Saturn’s hexagon was thought to be a feature of the lower atmosphere, where Saturn’s weather happens. Now there’s evidence it extends high above the cloudtops.