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15 Volcanic Eruptions Seen from Space

A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet’s surface or crust, which allows hot magma, volcanic ash and gases to escape from the magma chamber …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

Mona Lisa Made from 1,292 Spools of Thread

Ejjeh & Sons, makers of custom tailored clothing in Beirut, Lebanon since 1926, recently renovated their shop and decided to freshen up their street …

Cassini Snaps New Photographs Showing Earth Next to Saturn’s Rings

Were you smiling a lot Friday afternoon? Hope so, because that’s when you and your 7 billion planetary neighbors got a rare portrait session from the …

Thunderstorms and lightning: Five amazing lightning strikes

So it looks like the amazing summer weather is taking a bit of a hiatus with thunderstorms and lightning in the early hours of this morning and …

Royal baby: Lion King welcome petition rejected

As photographers wait for the first shot of the royal baby outside the hospital where he was born, an attempt to make the occasion that much more …

Private Company To Put A Telescope On The Moon

Lunar citizen science by 2016!<p>Private space exploration is coming to the Moon, and soon. The world's first mission to the Moon's sunny South Pole will put a private telescope on a the lunar peak Malapert Mountain as early as 2015.<p>Moon Express, a private 'lunar commerce' startup, and the …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Scientists Agree On Climate Change, Why Doesn't The Public?

A new study confirms that the vast majority of scientists who research the climate accept that the planet is warming and human beings are largely responsible. Yet a large slice of the American public believes that scientists are deeply split about global warming.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From …

Climate Change

Cambrian Fossil With Scissor-Like Claws Is Named For Johnny Depp

Pack it up, science, we're done here.<p>Academy Awards continue to elude Johnny Depp, but as of today no one can say he hasn't been immortalized. A 505-million-year-old Cambrian fossil of a creature with scissor-like claws has been named <i>Kooteninchela deppi</i> in honor of Depp's role as Edward …

NASA: 40 Kilogram Meteoroid Hit Moon in March Creating Very Bright Explosion

NASA reports that the moon was impacted by a 40-kilogram meteoroid on March 17. The boulder was 0.3 to 0.4 meters wide. The explosion packed a punch …

Week in Photos: May 18, 2013

From the Soyuz capsule touching down in Kazakhstan to Texas tornadoes, see the week’s most striking images.<p>NASA/CSA/EPA, via Landov

Storming sun sets the skies aglow

A slight solar storm ejected from a powerful sunspot sparked northern lights as far south as Colorado on Friday night — and there should be more to come.<p>The heightened aurora was sparked by a burst of electrically charged particles thrown off from an active spot on the sun known as Region 1748. …

on the horns of a mammoth dilemma

The first time I met palaeontologist Dan Fisher was in a hotel in the Arctic frontier town of Salekhard, in Siberia. I was there to film an …

Briton picked for five-month mission on International Space Station in 2015

Britain's first official astronaut, Major Tim Peake, has been selected to fly on a five-month mission on the International Space Station in 2015, it …

APOD: Earth's Richat Structure (2013 May 19) Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130519.html Explanation: What on Earth is that? The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is easily visible from space because it is nearly 50 kilometers across. Once thought to be an impact crater, the Richat Structure's flat middle and lack of shock-altered rock indicates otherwise. The possibility that the Richat Structure was formed by a volcanic eruption also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock. Rather, the layered sedimentary rock of the Richat structure is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. The above image was captured by the ASTER instruments onboard the orbiting orbiting Terra satellite. Why the Richat Structure is nearly circular remains a mystery. http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery-detail.asp?name=Richat Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130519 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0519

Meteoroid impact triggers bright flash on the moon | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An automated telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of an 88-pound (40 kg) rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, NASA scientists said on Friday.<p>Hundreds of meteoroid impacts on the moon, detected by NASA's lunar …

Deep sea mining 'gold rush' moves closer

<b>The prospect of a deep sea "gold rush" opening a controversial new frontier for mining on the ocean floor has moved a step closer.</b><p>The United Nations has published its first plan for managing the extraction of so-called "nodules" - small mineral-rich rocks - from the seabed.<p>A technical study was …

Scientists respond to planet hunter's plight with pointers – and poetry

NASA is getting plenty of advice — and sympathy — as it assesses whether its Kepler planet-hunting telescope can be revived after the failure of its reaction-control system. The reactions from scientists and engineers range from repair tips to an Audenesque elegy. Here's a sampling:<p><b>How to fix …

APOD: Comet PanSTARRS Anti-Tail (2013 May 18) Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Fulle (INAF) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130518.html Explanation: Once the famous sunset comet, PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) is now visible all night from much of the northern hemisphere, bound for the outer solar system as it climbs high above the ecliptic plane. Dimmer and fading, the comet's broad dust tail is still growing, though. This widefield telescopic image was taken against the starry background of the constellation Cepheus on May 15. It shows the comet has developed an extensive anti-tail, dust trailing along the comet's orbit (to the left of the coma), stretching more than 3 degrees across the frame. Since the comet is just over 1.6 astronomical units from planet Earth, that corresponds to a distance of over 12 million kilometers. In late May Comet PanSTARRS will pass within a few degrees of the north celestial pole. http://www.swisseduc.ch/stromboli/about/index-en.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130518 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0518

How far away is Deneb?

Here is the beautiful Summer Triangle asterism, now about to come back into convenient evening view for another season. An asterism isn’t a …

Spacewatch: Solar maximum

There is no greater influence on the Earth and its space environment than that of our local star, the Sun. The level of solar activity, as indicated …

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood: Did it Really Happen?

<i>“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great</i> …

Meteor crashes into moon's surface causing flash – video

A Nasa telescope captures the moment a 40kg (88lb) rock crashes into the moon's surface on 17 March. The impact caused a flash 10 times brighter than …