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Today in science: An island is born

On November 14, 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island, Surtsey, was being born.

Here are 6 reasons to study asteroids and comets

First, asteroids can serve as pit stops – and provide resources – for future space exploration. Second, some asteroids or comets may be hazards to Earth.

1st quarter moon is November 15

The 1st quarter moon comes on November 15 at 14:54 UTC. A 1st quarter moon is high up at sunset. It appears half-illuminated, like half a pie. Really, you’re seeing half the moon’s day side.

Venus hovers near Spica

Venus and the bright star Spica have been near each other for some days, and will remain so for a few days longer. We’re now in the middle of the best time to see them near each other in the east before sunup.

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All you need to know: 2018’s Leonid meteor shower

Here are all the details you need for 2018’s Leonid meteor shower, peaking on the morning of November 17 or 18. Hint: Saturday morning will have less moonlight!

Star Al Risha binds the Fishes of Pisces

The star Al Risha in the constellation Pisces isn’t bright. But – at the tip of the graceful V in Pisces – it’s very noticeable.

Could consciousness come down to the way things vibrate?

What’s the relationship between mind and matter? A new psychological theory suggests that synchronized vibrations lie at the heart of human consciousness, and – indeed – of all physical reality.

Wow! Amazing timelapse of Beta Pictoris b

Not long ago, we couldn’t see planets orbiting distant stars at all. Now astronomers have captured the passage of exoplanet Beta Pictoris b into the glare of its star … then its re-emergence 2 years later.

How did Earth get its water?

For decades, scientists have said that at least some of Earth’s water came from comets and asteroids. New research suggests an even more primordial source, the vast cloud in space from which our world formed.

How to see Venus in daytime

Another time of greatest brilliancy is coming up for Venus, when many spot this brightest of planets in a blue daytime sky. Here’s how you might try it.

Awesome new Jupiter close-up

This new Juno spacecraft image shows magnificent swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dynamic atmosphere. The craft was about 4,400 miles (7,000 km) from the planet’s cloud tops on October 29, over about 40 degrees north.

Synchronized telescopes put limits on mystery bursts

A technological tango between 2 telescopes in the Australian outback has added an important piece to the puzzle of fast radio bursts.

Largest U.S. indoor ocean exhibit has good news

How natural can seawater be, in a large inland aquarium? Researchers at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta were happy to learn that bacteria in their indoor exhibit mimicked those in the world’s oceans.