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Kelly Kizer Whitt

Large wildfires create fire weather: A vicious loop

Large wildfires create fire weather, resulting in a vicious loop. The fires create dark clouds of soot that increase temperatures and dry out the atmosphere.

Visible planets and night sky guide for June

Visible planets and night sky guide for June 2024. This evening, the full Strawberry Moon arrives. It will be dazzling in the sky all night.

Katmai bear cam season begins now! Livestream here

The world-famous Katmai bear cam season begins June 20, 2024. Find the livestream here and learn more about brown bears and Katmai National Park.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is 190 years old, scientists say

Scientists said Jupiter's Great Red Spot has persisted for around 190 years. They believe it's not the same storm astronomers saw on Jupiter in the 1600s.

Heatwave in U.S. East as 2024 summer begins

Heatwave in U.S. East! It's scorching the eastern half of the U.S. as summer sets in. More on the heatwave and a new heat risk map, here.

Lupus the Wolf, a constellation in southern skies

Lupus the Wolf is a constellation that lies between Scorpius and Centaurus. You have to be farther south on the globe to see the Wolf.

1st pair of merging quasars seen at Cosmic Dawn

For the first time, scientists have discovered the most distant merging quasars yet - at the Cosmic Dawn - some 900 million years after the Big Bang.

Boötes the Herdsman and its bright star Arcturus

Boötes the Herdsman is a large constellation that holds one of the brightest stars in the sky, Arcturus. Only 3 other stars and the sun are brighter.

Did Earth lose its protective bubble 2 million years ago?

About 2 million years ago, the solar system may have collided with a cold cloud of gas, shrinking the sun's protective bubble and exposing Earth to space.

Leaky Boeing Starliner extending stay at ISS for evaluation

The 1st crewed Boeing Starliner - launched on June 5 toward ISS - is scheduled to undock June 25 and land at White Sands Missile Range on June 26.