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Juno finds a new auroral feature on Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft – whose mission in orbit around Jupiter was recently extended to 2025 – has been used to discover a rapidly expanding auroral ring at the very fringes of the Jovian magnetosphere.

Poster for International Dark Sky Week.

International Dark Sky Week is April 5 to 12

Celebrate dark night skies and help limit light pollution by raising awareness through the annual International Dark Sky Week, April 5 to 12, 2021. Find links to global events here.

Ball of light with tail surrounded by colorful streaks.

Interstellar visitor Borisov could be 1st truly pristine comet yet seen

Comet 2I/Borisov is the 2nd known object to pass near our sun from outside our solar system. Its 2019 pass near our sun might have been its first-ever interaction with a star. If so, it’s among the most pristine, or unspoiled, objects yet known.

Bug with long wings and red eyes.

Billions of Brood X cicadas set to emerge in spring 2021

The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming! Billions of Brood X cicadas will emerge this spring, after 17 years underground, to fill the air with their buzzing mating calls. When they’ll arrive, and where.

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Awaiting the next historic solar storm

Researchers uncovering eyewitness accounts of powerful solar storms of the past say we should expect at least one super-storm from the sun per century.

Two bright stars, one large round star cluster, colorful wisps of gas clouds.

The beautiful abundance of Rho Ophiuchi

One of the most colorful regions of the sky, Rho Ophiuchi showcases clusters and nebulae galore.

Cattails and reeds backlit with a golden glow.

Golden hour at an Indiana lake

The golden hour – actually, more like 30 minutes – is that magical period of daylight shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the brightness of the sky matches streetlights, signs and car headlights. Photographers love it!

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Space debris lights up the sky over Pacific Northwest

A SpaceX rocket launched on March 4 that failed to perform a deorbit burn reentered Earth’s atmosphere on March 25, 2021. It created a startling light display over Seattle and Portland.

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Spring Milky Way over Cape Cod

Dark skies let the Milky Way shine, and this stunning shot from Cape Cod exhibits our galaxy in its full glory, even reflected on the water!

Radar dish in foreground. tornado in background.

Some tornadoes are more destructive than we thought

A new study documents the distribution of supercell-tornado wind intensities and sizes, revealing that most are much stronger than damage surveys indicate, with more than 20% of tornadoes potentially capable of causing catastrophic EF-4/EF-5 damage.