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11 mind-melting photos will make you realize how shockingly small Earth is

But we rarely, if ever, stop to think about the vast beyond. And we should!<p>Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space":<p>There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, …

Astronomy

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 …

The New Space Race: Privatization Drives Competition

Once limited to publicly funded government projects, space travel and exploration is increasingly open to private companies. The much-discussed space …

Can you see stars’ different colors?

Tonight … notice that the stars are like wildflowers, in that each star radiates with a different color of the rainbow. Have you ever noticed star …

Astronomy

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Astronomy Picture of the Day Calendar

Free Download: APOD 2018 Wall Calendar<p><b>2018</b><p><b>Jan</b><p><b>Feb</b><p><b>Mar</b><p><b>Apr</b><p><b>2017</b><p><b>Jan</b><p><b>Feb</b><p><b>Mar</b><p><b>Apr</b><p><b>May</b><p><b>Jun</b><p><b>Jul</b><p><b>Aug</b><p><b>Sep</b><p><b>Oct</b><p><b>Nov</b><p><b>Dec</b><p><b>2016</b><p><b>Jan</b><p><b>Feb</b><p><b>Mar</b><p><b>Apr</b><p><b>May</b><p><b>Jun</b><p><b>Jul</b><p><b>Aug</b><p><b>Sep</b><p><b>Oct</b><p><b>Nov</b><p><b>Dec</b><p><b>2015</b><p><b>Jan</b><p><b>Feb</b><p><b>Mar</b><p><b>Apr</b><p>…

Cosmology

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

FYI: Did Dinosaurs Get The Flu?

Investigating diseases of prehistory<p>It’s very hard to figure out when the influenza virus first started making animals sick. Studies of the history of major human epidemics suggest the flu has been around for at least a thousand years. “The certainty diminishes as we go further back into the past,” …

2013: An incredible year in space

From an inspired cover version to one probe’s giant step for humanity, we look back at 2013’s most important space moments.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in amazing design<p>The year in wildlife<p><b>Want more space galleries...</b><p>Best space images of October<p>Best space …

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When stars sneeze

If you could watch over thousands of years, you’d find that the star is having a sneezing fit. It’s firing off rapid releases of super-hot, …

Astronomy

Here is the (John) Lennon crater on Mercury

Truman Capote has a crater on Mercury now, too. So does Enrico Caruso … and seven other artists, musicians, painters and authors.<p>This is the newly …

Astronomy

The Most Amazing Images NASA Took of Earth From Space This Year | WIRED

NASA's fleet of satellites and its astronauts aboard the International Space Station took a slew of incredibly beautiful images of Earth this year. …

Your help needed for new research on zombie ants

A fungus takes over the ants’ brains – makes them do things they normally wouldn’t do – then kills them. You can help fund new research on these ants.<p>…

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

<b>Listen · 4:34</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When President Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April, he promised to give scientists "the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action."<p>An early version of one of those tools already exists, scientists say. It's a …