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Deborah Byrd

Sudden downpour in Paris floods metro stations

Paris floods inundated some metro stations on Tuesday evening, August 16. A sudden, torrential rain struck the city just as commuters were leaving work.

Freya the walrus killed, social media erupts

Freya, a young female walrus, had been lounging in the sun in an Oslo, Norway fjord for weeks. But, on August 14, Norway's fisheries directorate killed her.
Astronomy Essentials

Saturn at opposition on August 14

Don't miss Saturn at opposition on and around the night of August 14, 2022. That's when our planet Earth passes between the sun and Saturn.

Circumhorizon arc or iridescent cloud?

It's easy to confuse a circumhorizon arc with an iridescent cloud, and vice versa. Circumhorizon arcs are more commonly seen at this time of year.
Astronomy Essentials

Saturn’s rings: Top tips for seeing

If you want to see Saturn's rings, August 2022 is a great time to look. Grab a telescope, find a dark sky and read the tips found here!

Antarctic sea ice for July 2022 lowest on record

Antarctic sea ice for July 2022 was lowest in the 44-year satellite record. Arctic sea ice extent for July 2022 was 12th-lowest on record.

Saturn’s 2022 opposition: 4 fun things to see

In August - the month of Saturn's 2022 opposition - here are 4 fun and easy things you can watch for with the eye alone. No telescope needed!

Raining fish and frogs … for real

Click here to read many recent, documented accounts of raining fish and frogs. Yes, it's a real thing! Discover the causes here.

Perseid meteor shower: All you need to know in 2022

The 2022 Perseid meteor shower has already begun, and this weekend is a good time to watch!

Mars Curiosity rover’s ‘7 minutes of terror’

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars, here’s a video on the final 7 minutes of its chilling descent on August 5-6, 2012.