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Perseids meteor shower and supermoon offer divine heavenly show

A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most anticipated events on the skywatcher's calendar.<p>Given a dark, clear sky in a normal year, it is common to see more than 100 of the meteors an hour during the second week in August. But this year the Perseids …

This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

And it's actually (relatively) nearby<p>This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now …

Astronomy

Vintage ISEE-3 satellite makes long-awaited flyby on Sunday

ISEE-3, the vintage satellite that was retired by NASA and reactivated by a private group of scientists and engineers, will make an historic swing past the moon on Sunday as part of its long journey around the sun.<p>The lunar flyby will occur on Aug. 10 at 11:16 a.m. PDT, at which time members of …

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Watch Rosetta's journey through space in this cool computer model

Space age history was made this week when the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft caught up with a speeding comet 250 million miles from Earth. Now, you can see how it got there.<p>The Slovakia-based company INOVE has created a computer simulation of Rosetta's path through the solar system that …

Scientists Find Fossil Menagerie in Huge Wyoming Hole

Scientists excavating an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones of such prehistoric animals as American cheetahs.<p>The two-week dig by an international team of researchers, led by Des Moines University paleontologist Julie …

Hawaii Braces For The First Hurricane In 22 Years

Iselle was expected to pass overnight across the Big Island, one of the least populated islands, then send rain and high winds to the rest of the state on Friday.<p>"We're primarily urging residents to still take proper precautions to prepare themselves to keep everyone safe," National Weather Service …

Weather

Bigger, brighter ‘supermoon’ set to shine this weekend

The supermoon is back and it's bigger and brighter than ever.<p>The brightest of three supermoons this summer will shine on Aug. 10.<p>A supermoon, technically called a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is full within 24 hours of it being at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit. August's moon …

Astronomers watch as storms swirl on distant Uranus

Uranus – the sideways planet – has a weird spin and the strangest seasons of any of our solar system’s planets. Astronomers called this week’s storms …

Spacewatch: A comet's brush with Mars

Both Nasa and ESA, the European Space Agency, are making plans for the close approach of a comet to Mars on 19 October. The approach, at only a tenth of the distance of the closest recorded pass of a comet near the Earth, has the potential to damage Mars-orbiting spacecraft if they are subject to a …

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This Moon's Volcanoes Spew 'Lava Fountains'

It’s got to be the biggest coincidence in the history of science: just a few days before the Voyager 1 space probe began taking the first closeup …

New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia

A giant and extremely venomous jellyfish found off Western Australia’s north-west coast has researchers stumped because it appears to have no tentacles.<p>Keesingia gigas is one of two new species of Irukandji jellyfish recently discovered by the director of Marine Stinger Advisory Services, Lisa-ann …

Astronomers Trace Solar System's History to Its Cosmic Womb

Astronomers have traced the growth of Earth's solar system back to its cosmic womb, before the sun and planets were born.<p>The solar system coalesced from a huge cloud of dust and gas that was isolated from the rest of the Milky Way galaxy for up to 30 million years before the sun's birth nearly 4.6 …

Siberian Holes Could Be 'Visible Effect' of Global Warming, Experts Say

There's a scary answer for why Siberia is turning into Swiss cheese: Mother Nature has gas, so to speak, and we gave it to her.<p>That's the preliminary conclusion of scientists who have explored the mysterious holes that began popping up in Siberia beginning last month, some of whom have postulated …