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5 satellite images show how fast our planet is changing

Here are 5 satellite images that illustrate how fast Earth is changing.

NASA announced 2 missions to Venus by 2030. Why that’s exciting

For decades, the exploration of our solar system left one neighboring planet largely unexplored. These missions to Venus mean things are about to change.

Meet Australotitan: Australia’s largest dinosaur yet discovered

Australotitan is Australia’s largest dinosaur species ever discovered, as long as 2 buses as heavy as 1,400 kangaroos.

Why is the sun’s atmosphere hotter than its surface?

The sun's atmosphere, or corona - the wispy part we see during solar eclipses - is hundreds of times hotter than the sun's visible surface, or photosphere. Why?

Arctic sea ice succumbs to Atlantification

Satellite data reveal that warmer Atlantic waters are intruding on Arctic sea ice. The warm waters are impeding sea ice regrowth in winter.

How do forecasters make hurricane season predictions?

The complex interplay among many factors - African monsoons, ocean temperatures, wind shear, El Niño and La Niña – that go into predicting hurricane season.

Bizarre weather on other worlds: 4 examples

From iron rain on exoplanets to lightning storms on Jupiter ... Here are 4 examples of strange weather on alien worlds.

Warming is clearly visible in new US climate normals

Climatologists at NOAA have released updated climate "normals." They explain what "normal" means, how our U.S. climate normals have changed, and how to best make sense of them.

Warp drives: Physicists give chances of faster-than-light space travel a boost

If humanity wants to travel between stars, people are going to need to travel faster than the fastest-moving stuff known in our universe: light. New research suggests that it might be possible to build warp drives and beat the galactic speed limit.

Chinese rover Zhurong to attempt to land on Mars this month

The Chinese Tianwen-1 mission’s Zhurong rover will attempt to land on the surface of Mars in mid-May 2021.