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Ocean worlds beyond Earth

Earth is an ocean planet. Astronomers are realizing that ocean worlds are all around us in space. New ScienceCast video from NASA.

New global map of Earth at night

First new global map of Earth at night since 2012, dubbed Black Marble. It shows city lights, boats on the water, how people follow geography, population patterns and more.

More ways sun storms can disrupt things

Scientists are learning more about the way storms on the sun can disrupt our communications satellites and ground-based electric grids.

Jupiter has a Great Cold Spot

The newly discovered Great Cold Spot on Jupiter rivals the scale of the planet’s Great Red Spot. It’s thought to be driven by powerful energies from auroras at Jupiter’s poles.

Rescuing 11 elephants from a mud hole

Asian elephants got stuck in a mud-filled old bomb crater in Cambodia. A collaborative rescue effort saved them all.

Raindrops like tiny suns

After a spring rain …. in this photo by John Entwistle, raindrops sparkle like tiny suns.

Use zip code to attract birds to your yard

Audubon website lets you enter your zip code to see a list of the best bird-friendly plants for your yard. Plus a free app to identify the birds you see.

2017 California desert superbloom

After 5 years of exceptional drought, California deserts have exploded with “superblooms” of wildflowers following the wet winter.

Favorite octopus videos

Octopuses (aka octopi or octopodes) are so cool! Here are 5 of our favorite videos featuring those remarkable cephalopods.

Watch Thursday’s spacewalk

Two ISS astronauts will be outside the space station beginning about 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 UTC) on March 30. The spacewalk is expected to last about 6.5 hours. Links to live viewing here.