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Eleanor Imster

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.

Microplastics found in sea turtle nesting sand

Researchers have found microplastics deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs.

Baby giraffes inherit spot patterns from mom

A new study suggests spot patterns are linked to survival rates of young giraffes.

Zap! Lightning strikes Empire State Building

Lightning strikes New York City’s Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.

Arctic sea ice reaches 2018 minimum

On both September 19 and 23, Arctic sea ice dropped to its minimum extent of 1.77 million square miles (4.59 million square km). The 2018 minimum ties for the 6th-lowest in the satellite record.

Microbes catch a ride on fog

When fog rolls in, it can bring along communities of airborne microorganisms, says a new study. Moisture in fog allows microbes to last longer than they would in dry air.

Moon and fogbow

Fogbows – sometimes called white rainbows, cloudbows or ghost rainbows – are made much in the way as rainbows.