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Eleanor Imster

International Observe the Moon Night

Tonight is International Observe the Moon Night. Moon-lovers, look up! And click in to find events near you.

Watch launch of BepiColombo mission to Mercury

The BepiColombo mission to our sun’s innermost planet – fascinating little Mercury – launches from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana on October 20 at 01:45 UTC (tonight at 9:45 p.m. EDT). Here’s how to watch.

Milky Way and moonlight

Indian Beach at Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

What makes giant soldier ants?

Charles Darwin puzzled over why ants come in such wildly different sizes. The question even made him doubt his theory of evolution. New research might explain why.

How do dogs process words?

What’s happening in your dog’s brain when it hears you say squirrel? New research looks at how dog’s brains react to human words.

Northern lights over Sweden

Photographer Jörgen Andersson captured the northern lights over Sweden on October 7, 2018.

Bees stopped buzzing during total solar eclipse

In the path of totality of the August 2017 total solar eclipse, bees stopped flying, says a study. “It was like ‘lights out’ at summer camp.”

Jupiter in the rearview mirror

In the final minutes of a close flyby of Jupiter on September 6, the Juno spacecraft captured this departing view of the planet’s swirling southern hemisphere.

Autumn in the English Lake District

How gorgeous is this? Adrian Strand took this photo on October 7, 2018 in the Lake District in northwest England.

Is Voyager 2 nearing interstellar space?

Voyager 2, launched in 1977, is now about 11 billion miles (17.7 billion km) from Earth. NASA says the spacecraft has detected an increase in cosmic rays, which might mean it’s close to becoming only the 2nd human-made object, after Voyager 1, to enter interstellar space.