Asteroid Day is June 30

The 5th annual Asteroid Day is Sunday, June 30. Here’s how to participate.

Photo showing a volcanically active area in Hawaii

US revamps volcano early warning system

There are 161 active volcanoes in the United States, more than 1/3 of which have been classified as posing a high threat to nearby communities. A new law aims to improve volcano monitoring.

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Watch night launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy June 24

Liftoff is targeted at 11:30 p.m. EDT, with a 4-hour launch window. SpaceX is calling the launch its most difficult ever, because the rocket must release 24 satellites into 3 different orbits.

Helicopter propeller mounted on a metal stand, resting on a tabletop.

Mars Helicopter passes key tests

The Mars Helicopter will launch with Mars 2020. It’ll be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicular flight on another planet. Plus … space engineers celebrate with a selfie after attaching the Mars 2020 rover’s remote sensing mast.

Today in science: Sally Ride in space

She was the 1st American woman in space, eventually flying on 2 Space Shuttle missions. She played a key role in the investigation of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. And she inspired people.

Two Friday the 13ths in 2019

Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia … an irrational fear of Friday the 13th? Today isn’t Friday the 13th. But it is exactly 13 weeks before a Friday the 13th in September. Then, exactly 13 weeks after that, 2019’s second Friday the 13th will fall in December. Zoinks!

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US astronomers speak on SpaceX Starlink satellites

The American Astronomical Society – chief organization for US astronomers – said it is in conversations with SpaceX about the impending launch of 12,000 Starlink satellites. The astronomers worry the satellites will interfere with their work of understanding the universe.

Exoplanet landscape, composed by an artist.

IAU invites countries to name exoplanets

Nearly 100 countries have already signed up to organize national campaigns, to provide the public with an opportunity to vote. The deadline is July 30 to express interest in organizing a national campaign. The IAU will announce results in December.

Waterfall illusion: Still objects seem to move

Check out this optical illusion and find out what it says about your brain.

Going to the beach? Watch this video

Rip currents – sometimes called by the misnomer rip tide – flow outward from beaches, sometimes faster than humans can swim. Here’s what to do if you get caught in one.