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Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Perseid meteors versus the supermoon

Which is brighter – Perseid fireballs or a supermoon? You’ll find out this August as the year’s biggest, brightest full moon arrives at the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

An image of the Andromeda galaxy, Messier 31.  Image credit: Adam Evans
Science Wire | Jul 30, 2014

Milky Way is about half as massive as Andromeda galaxy, say astronomers

Dark matter makes up 90% of the matter in both systems, the study finds.

Tonight | Jul 30, 2014

Constellation Scutum named for a Polish king

Scutum has just four noticeable stars, and even those require a dark sky. Look for it now before the moon gets too bright, and be sure to scan with your binoculars.

Via SeaPhotos.com
Jul 28, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Hairy pink squat lobster

It’s always a good hair day for a hairy pink squat lobster (Lauriea siagiani). These little guys live on sponges in the western Indo-Pacific.

Artist's illustration of the feathered dinosaur Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus based on fossils discovered in Siberia. Image credit: Andrey Atuchin
Science Wire | Jul 28, 2014

Did all dinosaurs have feathers?

A newly-discovered species suggests that feathers were much more common among dinosaurs than once thought.

In this artist's conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze - the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically CFCs, in the atmospheres of Earth-sized planets orbiting white dwarf stars. Image credit: Christine Pulliam (CfA)
Science Wire | Jul 25, 2014

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

Maybe some extra-terrestrials pollute their planets too.

Via Aquaviews.net
FAQs | Jul 25, 2014

Can sharks smile? Do they even feel happy?

Some mammals – dogs, monkeys dolphins – do show facial expressions akin to human smiles. But in sharks and other fish, the parts of the brain related to feelings are much less developed.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA et al.
FAQs | Jul 23, 2014

Will the Andromeda galaxy someday collide with our Milky Way?

The Andromeda galaxy is approaching our Milky Way galaxy across the vastness of space. When will they collide?

Science Wire | Jul 23, 2014

Record high global temp in June 2014 follows record warmth in May

The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.

Image Credit: Arenamontanus
Science Wire | Jul 21, 2014

What exactly is twilight?

Twilight is the time of day between daylight and darkness. Astronomers, the experts on nighttime, recognize three kinds of twilight.