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Help astrobiologist find extreme rocks

A scientist launches a hunt for earthly extraterrestrials. Help her find them!

Video: Our living planet from space

“That’s the Earth, breathing every single day, changing with the seasons, responding to the sun, to the changing winds, ocean currents and temperatures.”

2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

This year’s ozone hole peaked in September at its smallest observed extent since 1988, due to an unstable and unusually warm Antarctic vortex in 2017.

What is the moon illusion?

Ever noticed a rising full moon appear huge on the horizon? It’s called the “moon illusion,” and it’s a trick your brain is playing.

Is telekinesis real?

A neuroscientist talks about the history of telekinesis and the complexity of the human brain.

Deep-sea nightmares and other ocean spookiness

Eerie denizens of the ocean depths star in this video from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Mojave Forsaken: Ghost towns and dark skies

Let the creepiness begin! Just in time for Halloween, a new video from ProjectSkyGlow depicting spooky California ghost towns under the darkest of dark night skies.

How do human genes act in space?

“Looking at gene expression … we really see an explosion, like fireworks taking off, as soon as the human body gets into space.”

Blue jets, red sprites and other flashes

In recent years, the International Space Station has given astronauts the chance to photograph transient luminous events – or TLEs – natural light shows produced at the tops of thunderstorms.

How cold and wet this winter in the US?

La Niña (or not) is the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter might shape up. Overall, NOAA’s outlook suggests a relatively cool, wet U.S. North – and warm, dry U.S. South – this winter.

Young moon, refracted by atmosphere

Wonderful timelapse from Mike Cohea showing the October 20 young moon – only 1.3% illuminated – setting over Newport, Rhode Island, being refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. 

Whales and dolphins live ‘human-like’ lives

They work together, talk to each other and use tools. A new study links the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their brains.

What are gravitational waves?

If you understand how a trampoline works, you’ll be able to understand what gravitational waves are.

Gravitational waves, and more, from merging neutron stars

On Monday, LIGO and Virgo announced the 1st detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars, and 1st observed in both gravitational waves and light. “It ushers in a new era in astronomy.”

Egg-shaped Haumea has a ring

Dwarf planet Haumea – which orbits our sun in Pluto’s realm of the solar system – has become the first trans-Neptunian object known to be encircled by a ring.

Chasing the northern lights in Alberta

A night sky timelapse by Jack Fusco featuring frozen lakes, fog inversions, and of course the northern lights!

Secret Antarctic ice canyons revealed

Ice shelves in Antarctica are like conveyor belts, continually carrying ice to the sea. Scientists have found hidden canyons on their undersides that may affect the shelves fragility.

5 new pairs of merging supermassive black holes

Merging black holes are the sorts of catastrophic events that produce the strongest gravitational waves. Scientists just announced 5 new pairs, in the centers of distant galaxies.

All you need to know: Draconids in 2017

The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2017, a bright waning gibbous moon will interfere, but still … give it a try!

Moon and planet-rise, seen from space

This timelapse video shows a peaceful and breathless moonrise from the International Space Station, with Venus, Mars and Mercury also in view.