Eleanor Imster

Researchers describe 71 new species in 2019

New species from 5 continents and 3 oceans include geckos, goblin spiders, flowering plants, and Mediterranean ants.

New biomass map takes stock of Earth’s carbon

ESA released the 1st of a series of global maps aimed at quantifying change in carbon stored as biomass across the world’s forests and shrublands.

Spiral galaxy with yellow center

Hubble spots galaxy’s dramatic details

Hubble image of spiral galaxy NGC 5468.

Astronomers catch a comet outburst

Remember comet 46P/Wirtanen? It was a bright comet about this time last year. Around the time it swept near the Earth and sun, the comet entered the field of view NASA’s TESS planet-hunter. And boom! It underwent an outburst, caught by TESS.

How does the solar wind affect Earth?

Why should we care about the new findings – released this week – from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe? This new NASA video explains how the solar wind – a stream of charged particles from the sun – affects earthly astronauts and technologies.

Active 2019 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended on November 30, produced 18 named storms, including 6 hurricanes, 3 of which were major (Category 3, 4 or 5).

Close-up of central peak of Bhabha crater.

Sunrise at the moon’s Bhabha crater

A day on the moon lasts about an earthly month, so dawn comes to each part of the moon only that often. In this view from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can see a crater’s central peak illuminated by sunlight, while the crater floor remains dark.

Wolfe Creek Crater in Australia much younger than thought

Australia’s Wolfe Creek Crater likely formed when a 50-foot meteor struck about 120,000 years ago.

Two sea lions on sea ice.

Arctic ice loss exposes sea mammals to deadly virus

Scientists have linked melting Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus among sea lions, ice seals, sea otters and other marine mammals.

Listen to Earth’s magnetic song

Scientists have created a recording of the eerie ‘song’ that Earth sings when it’s hit by a solar storm.