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5 Sky Events This Week: Comet Brightens, Mercury Meets Venus

As a new year dawns, watch a comet burn and the stars turn.<p>Happy New Year! As a bright comet blazes across the sky, familiar friends from mythology parade for sky-watchers this week, making stately strides among the stars.<p><b>Gemini's arc.</b> As darkness falls on Monday, January 5, look for the waning …

Orbital Objects

Learn more about satellites, space junk, and other objects floating in orbits.<p>The skies above Earth are teeming with more than 8,000 manmade objects, large and small. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network uses radar to track more than 13,000 such items that are larger than four inches (ten …

Space Exploration

In Pictures: China's Frozen City

The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opened on 5th January in the city of Harbin, Heilonjiang, in northeastern China.<p>The event is recognized as the largest of its kind in the world.<p>The Festival officially lasts for one month, but with winter temperatures in the city …


First transgender mayor elected in central India: media | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A city in central India has elected the country’s first transgender mayor, nine months after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third gender, local media reported.<p>Madhu Kinnar, 35, won the mayoral election in Raigarh in the mineral-rich …


Denali National Park Photos

National Parks

How to find a feminist boyfriend

<i>Lisa Bonos is Outlook’s assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter: @lisabonos.</i><p>‘I find it really attractive how successful you are,” my date said, leaning in for a kiss.<p>Sure, it sounds like a line. But it also sounds like feminism. It certainly made him more appealing than the guy who said, “Wow, …


Top 10 Adventure Trips

Costa Rica

World's Best Ecolodges

National Parks

Full Moon: Darren Almond’s Nocturnal Nature Series

British photographer Darren Almond follows in the footsteps of history’s great explorers to photograph stunning landscapes lit by a full moon.


Spacecraft nears Pluto after THREE BILLION mile journey

A lonely spacecraft is nearing Pluto after a three billion-mile journey lasting almost nine years.<p>Nasa’s New Horizons probe awoke from hibernation on …