Shireen Gonzaga
A table lined with newspaper, with pottery on top ranging from mostly intact vessels to shards. In the upper left corner, a female scientist is looking over her notes.

Earliest known honey jars in Africa are 3,500 years old

An ancient people with a sweet tooth – the Nok culture of sub-Saharan Africa – used terracotta pots to hold honey 3,500 years ago. They may be the earliest confirmed honey collectors in Africa.

Dense star field with Milky Way and several bright stars behind a domed observatory building.

Beta Centauri is a Southern Pointer Star

Beta Centauri isn’t as famous as Alpha Centauri, but together, these brilliant Southern Hemisphere stars have inspired legends and guided mariners.

An image of the star Alpha Centauri that appears very bright against a backdrop of much fainter stars and dust clouds.

Alpha Centauri, star system closest to our sun

Our closest stellar neighbors are the 3 stars that make up the Alpha Centauri system. They lie just over 4 light-years – about 25 trillion miles or 38 trillion km – away.

A faint, fuzzy galaxy located along our line of sight to a bright orange star.

Mirach is guide star to 3 galaxies

Mirach, a bright star in the constellation Andromeda, is often used by stargazers to locate the Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and a galaxy known as Mirach’s Ghost (NGC 404).

Close-up view of an egg resting on the feet of a male emperor penguin.

Emperor penguins are good dads

On this Father’s day, a special shout-out to one of the most exceptional dads in nature, emperor penguins. They endure the harshest winter conditions on Earth for their offspring.

A watercolor painting showing three dinosaur embryos at different developmental stages.

Powerful X-ray imaging reveals new details of dinosaur embryos in eggs

To look at dinosaur embryos entombed inside 200 million year old fossil eggs, scientists used powerful X-rays to create detailed images. They wanted to see how these embryos compared to those of modern-day dinosaur relatives.

A artist impression of the temperate forest showing lush vegetation in swampy terrain and a river.

A rainforest in Antarctica during the age of dinosaurs

A temperate rainforest once flourished in Western Antarctica, just 560 miles from the South Pole, 90 million years ago.

Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano is erupting

Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) volcano began erupting last night – Friday, April 10, 2020 – according to clocks in Indonesia. The eruption is not thought to be major, although it’s the longest eruption since 2018. Webcams and satellites caught its awesome beauty.

Coronavirus testing site in Philadelphia.

EarthSky’s essential coronavirus links

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More essential coronavirus links March 24-April 2

A roundup of information from physicians, scientists and journalists about the COVID-19 pandemic.