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NASA balloon tracks electric blue clouds

A balloon mission flying over the North Pole captured 6 million images of these bright blue noctilucent clouds in their home in the upper atmosphere.

Latest images via Japanese rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s space agency JAXA released new images today from the rovers set down on the surface of asteroid Ryugu by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

Powerful jet from the wrong kind of star

Astronomers had theorized that strong magnetic fields prevent jets from forming. Then they found a strongly magnetic neutron star with a jet.

What are haboobs? Amazing pics and videos

Dust storms, also known as haboobs, occur when winds from dying thunderstorms push downward and pick up sand and dirt across desert areas. Amazing pics and video from last summer’s haboobs in Arizona, here.

How scientists know our seas are rising faster

Sea levels have been rising since the end of the last Ice Age. But, as climate warms, the rate of the rise is accelerating. A new ESA video explains how we know.

How leaves tell each other about a bug attack

“We often think of plants as being passive and at the mercy of their environment. My jaw literally dropped when I first saw these videos … They beautifully illustrate how active and complex plants really are.”

Report calls for direct images of Earth-like exoplanets

A congressionally-mandated report recommends that NASA lead efforts to directly image possibly Earth-like exoplanets, using upcoming technologies. A major goal is finding habitable – maybe even inhabited – worlds.

How meteorologists predict the next big hurricane

Hurricane Florence is barreling for U.S. coast, right at the height of hurricane season. How do experts know when and where the next big hurricane is going to hit? It’s complicated.

Alien-hunting AI discovers dozens of mysterious fast radio bursts

Astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen program used AI (artificial intelligence) to find 72 repeating, short, unpredictable radio bursts, from a mysterious source 3 billion light years away.

Top 3 myths about jellyfish

Myth #3: Applying urine to a jellyfish sting can reduce the pain