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Sunset with lightning over Illinois

Russ Adams captured this glorious image in Pike County, Illinois on May 26, 2018.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook

Atlantic hurricane season starts today. Experts are forecasting a 75% chance that the 2018 season will be near- or above-normal, thanks in part to a weak El Niño.

The real story behind that melted camera

NASA’s melted camera became a social media phenomenon last week. Here’s the story behind the picture.

Top 10 new species 2018

This year’s list includes a towering tree and a tiny, single-celled protist, as well as a rare great ape and the fossil of an Australian marsupial lion.

When was Earth’s 1st snow?

A new study suggests our planet got its 1st snowfall about 2.4 billion years ago, after a lot of land rose swiftly from the sea and set off dramatic changes on Earth.

Waiting for tomorrow

Tommy Richardsen captured this image near Skjervøy in northern Norway.

Astronauts’ views of Mount Shasta

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured these images of Mount Shasta while orbiting over northern California at different times of the year.

Scientists track major freshwater change

‘What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change,’ they said. Over 14 years, Earth’s wet land areas got wetter. Dry areas got drier. They also reported multiple hot spots resulting from groundwater depletion.

Fly through the Orion Nebula

Take 3 minutes to fly through the spectacular Orion Nebula, in this new 3D visualization from NASA.

Scientists measure rise in ozone-destroying chemical

Report on CFC-11 – an illegal chemical responsible for ozone-depletion in Earth’s atmosphere – now apparently on an upswing again. Meanwhile, new direct evidence the ban on CFCs is working and the ozone hole is recovering.