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Sorry, the moon won't turn green on April 20

Wishful thinking combined with a manipulated moon photo led to an online rumor about our lunar buddy glowing green later this month.<p>Mark your calendars. April 20 is a big day for strange happenings in the night sky. Due to a highly improbable interaction with Uranus, the moon will glow in a shade …

Astronomy

The Strange New Place Astronomers Are Hunting For Alien Life

For more than fifty years, astronomers have pointed radio receivers to the sky and listened for signs of intelligent life—mostly, around stars like …

Pluto Is Still Extremely Weird in the Latest Image From NASA

NASA has released a new image of Pluto’s Tartarus Dorsa, the ‘bladed’ region to the east of the heart-shaped formation known as the Tombaugh Region. …

2016 February 8 - Light Pillars over Alaska

<b>Light Pillars over Alaska</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Allisha Libby<p><b>Explanation:</b> What's happening behind those houses? Pictured here are not auroras but …

Cosmology

China Just Released True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

This month, the China National Space Administration released all of the images from their recent moon landing to the public. There are now hundreds and hundreds of never-before-seen true color, high definition photos of the lunar surface available for download.<p>The images were taken a few years ago …

Space Science

Scientists observe the largest solar system ever discovered

Astronomers have discovered that a huge planet and star 104 light years from Earth form the largest solar system ever seen. The planet, dubbed 2MASS J2126-8140, and its red dwarf star are a full 7,000 astronomical units (AUs) apart, or a trillion miles (an AU is the distance between the Earth and …

WATCH: Weird Cloud Formation Makes It Look Like This City Is Underwater

This could be the first new cloud type since 1951.<p>This incredible time-lapse footage, filmed on an iPhone 6, shows a cloud formation known as …

Meteorology

Crystallography Footage Shows the Chemistry of How Snowflakes Form and Why Each One Is Unique

American Chemical Society series <i>Reactions</i> explains the chemistry of how snowflakes form and what makes each one unique. Because of how the water …

Chemistry

Wake up early to see 5 planets align for the first time since 2005

Early morning risers will be treated to a celestial surprise for the next couple weeks, weather permitting.<p>Starting on Jan. 20, five bright planets — …

Astronomy

Tim Peake's space snaps capture the otherworldly essence of the Aurora Borealis

LONDON — Tim Peake is keeping himself busy in space. This week alone he's given a masterclass on going to the toilet on the International Space …

Why SpaceX's 'Next Few Missions' Will Attempt to Land a Rocket at Sea

SpaceX has confirmed it’s not going to retire the drone boat anytime soon.<p>You wouldn't be crazy to assume that, after last month's successful rocket landing, SpaceX would ditch its giant drone boats and focus solely on terrestrial landing attempts. For the foreseeable future, however, the company …

Space Travel

NASA's 'Planetary Defense Office' Is Now an Actual Place You Can Work

Too late for Michael Bay to pivot into government?<p>NASA has announced the establishment of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which is set up …

Scientists Just Discovered The World’s Largest Crocodile… Ever

The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Lolong, a 20-foot-3 beast, as the world’s largest crocodile (he passed away in 2013, but the record remains). Anything bigger than that was the stuff of legend and cheap Syfy movies, until some scientists just <i>had</i> to start digging around in Tunisia, …

Paleontology

‘Green Pea’ Galaxy Offers New Clues Into What Ended the Universe’s Dark Age

Soon after the Big Bang, the universe turned dark.<p>Not long after the Big Bang, the universe abruptly went dark. All of that early-days heat and light was subsumed into what cosmologists call the "dark ages."<p>For its first few hundred thousand years, the universe was a very bright place, an intense, …

Universe

NASA probe spots giant 'X' on Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back an intriguing image on Pluto's surface: a big 'X.'<p>There's a big "X" on Pluto, and it marks buried …

National Geographic Undertakes Science Expedition to the Gulf of California – National Geographic Blog

Changing Planet<p><b>San José del Cabo, Mexico —</b> Sea lions, whales (blue and humpback), bull sharks, whale sharks, dolphins and sea snakes were among the abundance of marine life observed by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE) on its 2016 field inspection, which ended …

What Pantone's Colors of 2016 Mean for the Future of Design

Ryan Russell, <i>Pennsylvania State University</i><p>Shades of pink and blue: for the first time, Pantone has chosen a blending of two colors. 'Landscape' via www.shutterstock.com<p>Pantone, the global authority on color standards for the design industries, recently announced its colors of the year for 2016: …

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