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Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency | Colossal

<p>Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website …

Astronomers shoot first in 'Star Wars'-style timelapse

Everyday astronomical research looks a lot like sci-fi<p>This three-minute time-lapse video was shot at the summit of Mauna Kea, the 13,803-foot (4.2 km) volcano in Hawaii. Due to its position, the peak is ideal for space observation. It's currently home to the Manua Kea Observatories, which are used …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

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An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

Saturn's Moons and Giant Stars

A new starry image from the Hubble Space Telescope and a look at Saturn's moons top our list of the best space pictures taken this week.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 shortlist - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the shortlist for the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Photographers captured spectacular sights from across our solar system, the galaxy and beyond – from stunning auroras in the Earth's atmosphere to frenzied storms on the sun and …

The weather may have broken across much of the UK, but no problem, provided you’re a frog with a handy leaf umbrella. This tiny tree frog was photographed sheltering under a leaf in East Java, Indonesia. Taken from picture desk: live, which is also stuffed with royal baby and weather related images: http://gu.com/p/3hfnc/tw Photograph: Penkdix Palme/Newsteam

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 …

Watch and Listen to the Surprisingly Noisy Death of an Iceberg

Iceberg cracks can be louder than noises produced by supertankers, study says.<p><b>The birth of aniceberg can be violent. When they are sloughed off glaciers, these calving chunks of ice are accompanied by shotgun cracks of sound and crashing waves.</b><p><b>Once loose, icebergs drift out to sea, at the mercy of</b> …

Top 5 Myths About Lionfish

Changing Planet<p><i>National Geographic Young Explorer Erin Spencer will spend one month in the Florida Keys documenting efforts by beachside locals to contain a recent and dangerous influx of invasive lionfish. Follow along with The Lionfish Project on Explorers Journal, Erin’s project website,</i> …

Amazing and Realistic Examples of 3D Street Painting

<b>Street painting</b>, also known as pavement art, street art and sidewalk art, is thought to have originated in Britain, and in 1890 it was estimated that …

August guide to the bright planets

In August 2018, 4 planets arc across the evening sky. From west to east as night falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Late …

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Space Pictures This Week: Starburst Aurora, Milky Way Portraits

A galaxy hunter takes a last look, the Milky Way shines, and auroras shimmer in this week's best space pictures.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

APOD: The Pillars of Eagle Castle (2013 Jul 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Emanuele Colognato & Jim Wood http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130714.html Explanation: What lights up this castle of star formation? The familiar Eagle Nebula glows bright in many colors at once. The above image is a composite of three of these glowing gas colors. Pillars of dark dust nicely outline some of the denser towers of star formation. Energetic light from young massive stars causes the gas to glow and effectively boils away part of the dust and gas from its birth pillar. Many of these stars will explode after several million years, returning most of their elements back to the nebula which formed them. This process is forming an open cluster of stars known as M16. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130714 #APOD

Stunning Shots of Fly Geyser, Nevada’s Hidden Treasure

As you all know by now, we love finding extraordinary destinations off the beaten path like Lake Baikal in Siberia. Today, we bring you another one which can only be described as surreal or otherworldly. Fly Geyser (or Fly Ranch Geyser) is a a small geothermal geyser that is located approximately …

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Confusion Ruled the Day at Microsoft's Xbox One Reveal Event

REDMOND, Washington – Yesterday, Microsoft held an event at its campus to unveil the Xbox One.<p>If you've never been to Microsoft, it's an experience …

Xbox One Reveal in 6 minutes

Next Xbox to be called Xbox Infinity - report

Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360 appears to be called Xbox Infinity, according to a report by The International Business Times.<p>"Sources have now …

The Halo 4 Show - Episode 11

APOD: Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus (2013 May 12) Image Credit & Copyright: Isaac Gutiérrez Pascual (Spain) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130512.html Explanation: Sometimes the sky above can become quite a show. In early September of 2010, for example, the Moon and Venus converged, creating quite a sight by itself for sky enthusiasts around the globe. From some locations, though, the sky was even more picturesque. In the above image taken in Spain, a crescent Moon and the planet Venus, on the far right, were captured during sunset posing against a deep blue sky. In the foreground, dark storm clouds loom across the image bottom, while a white anvil cloud shape appears above. Black specks dot the frame, caused by a flock of birds taking flight. Very soon after this picture was taken, however, the birds passed by, the storm ended, and Venus and the Moon set. Bright Venus again becomes visible just after sunset this 2013 May and will appear near Jupiter toward the end of the month. http://www.isaacgp.es/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130512 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0512

Black Ops 2 - Funny Montage - Happy B-Day

APOD: Messier 77 (2013 May 10) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, André van der Hoeven http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130510.html Explanation: Face-on spiral galaxy M77 lies a mere 47 million light-years away toward the aquatic constellation Cetus. At that estimated distance, the gorgeous island universe is about 100 thousand light-years across. Also known as NGC 1068, its compact and very bright core is well studied by astronomers exploring the mysteries of supermassive black holes in active Seyfert galaxies. M77 is also seen at x-ray, ultraviolet, infrared, and radio wavelengths. But this sharp visible light image based on Hubble data follows its winding spiral arms traced by obscuring dust clouds and red-tinted star forming regions close in to the galaxy's luminous core. http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1305/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130510 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0510

FT Debuts on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2013<p>The FT, or Financial Times, one of the best-read business sources in the world, launched today on Flipboard. Readers …