On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in a deadly explosion, collapsing one side of the mountain and killing 57 people.
Photograph of Mount St. Helens taken during the May 18, 1980, eruption. Image via Oman/ Combs/ National Park Service
Stone Age artifacts excavated near the shores of Lake Malawi in eastern Africa, combined with evidence drawn from the lakebed itself, provides the earliest evidence of ancient humans using fire to enhance their world.
Excavations yielded dense clusters of stone artifacts dating as far back as 92,000 years ago. Image via Yale University https://news.yale.edu/2021/05/05/study-offers-earliest-evidence-humans-changing-ecosystems-fire
The Milky Way’s largest globular star cluster, Omega Centauri, contains about 10 million stars, but probably no life.
Scientists have found a surprising modern-day symbiosis between 2 undersea animals, which had been gone from the fossil record for 270 million years.
Sea animal friends: A sea lily stalk with an anemone attached. This relationship was thought to have ended 273 million years ago. Image via Zapalski et al