Julie DuVall

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Here's What North America Would Look Like On Other Planets

You may think you have a good sense of exactly how big Earth is compared to the other planets in our solar system. But clever new illustrations by John Brady, founder of the website Astronomy Central, put the size of our planet in perspective in the starkest way possible.<p><b>(Story continues below</b> …

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

Changing Planet<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384, an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: ESA/NASA<p><b>Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars</b> …

Landing Site Chosen for Spacecraft's Daring Rendezvous With Comet

Finding a safe place to set down the European Space Agency's Rosetta lander was harder than expected.<p>Scientists announced Monday morning the spot where a small robot will touch down on the surface of a comet, in what they hope will be the first soft landing on a comet, as opposed to a crash landing.<p>…

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

Minor lunar standstill and Harvest Moon

A phenomenon known as a “minor lunar standstill” will cause a shift in characteristic moonrise times on the nights around this year’s Harvest …

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo …

New Center for Tortoises Opens in Mojave Preserve

A baby desert tortoise | Photo: National Park Service<p><i>A segment for KCET's award-winning TV show "SoCal Connected" is based on this story. Tune in</i> …

Unusual Encounters: Sea Turtles Roaming Off Los Angeles

Wildlife<p>A sea turtle swimming off Los Angeles, California: (Photograph by Maddalena Bearzi, Ocean Conservation Society)<p>“Balloon straight ahead” one of my researchers tells the captain while leaning forward from the bow of our boat. We are so accustomed to find plastic debris during our dolphin …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Sun Blazes, Saturn Shadows a Moon, and Mercury Sports a Blast Crater

NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.

When Spitzer Space Telescope captured the billowing aftermath of a colossal asteroid smashup 1,200 light-years away, scientists realized they were watching a scene much like the one that played out billions of years ago in our own solar system.<p>They had a front-row seat to Earth-like planet …

Watch a beautiful, powerful solar eruption

New video provides an amazing view of a recent solar eruption captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the sun. Material can be seen bursting from the surface of the sun in an M-class coronal mass ejection.<p>What makes this footage particularly intriguing, said solar physicist Alex Young, is watching …

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Peek-a-boo! Astronomers spot 'T-Rex' of galaxies

If there's any one thing astronomers have mixed feelings about, it must be dust. On the one hand, cosmic dust can provide valuable information that can give clues to the origins of the universe, or to life on Earth. On the other hand, it can just plain get in the way.<p>In the case of a humongous …

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5 Sky Events This Week: Milky Way Gems Sparkle While Venus Snuggles With Leo

Changing Planet<p>The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three types of nebulae. Courtesy of ESO<p><b>Chances to easily hunt down stunning Milky Way treasures come sky-watchers’ way this week, thanks to our trusty moon pointing the way.</b><p><b>Cosmic teapot.</b> After nightfall on …

Hubble captures breathtaking picture of dark and light nebulae

This photo might not be the most spectacular of the nebula photos take by the Hubble telescope over the years, but there is a lot more going on than a first glance by an untrained eye would indicate.<p>Just above the centre of the image, a bright star shines. Still in its infancy, the star -- located …

A Day in the Life of Wise Dan

The dawn is breaking on a beautiful, cool Saratoga morning. This is the day everyone in Charlie LoPresti’s barn has been waiting for. The day begins …

5 Key Threats to California From Climate Change

The Golden State faces an onslaught from Mother Nature.<p>SACRAMENTO, California—Hints of a changing climate can be found all over central California.<p>In the western Sierra Nevadas, the air is filled with smoke and haze from wildfires. In the Central Valley south of Sacramento, dust whips across fallow …

California Drought Launches New Gold Rush

With rivers low, professional and hobbyist miners uncover more metals.<p>COLFAX, California—Bruce Meyer took a smoke break on the gravel bank of the scenic Bear River, deep in central California's Gold Country. He was wearing a wetsuit and bandana, and water dripped from his thick, graying beard.<p>Meyer …

California Drought Spurs Groundwater Drilling Boom in Central Valley

Drillers have more work than they can handle, as water tables fall and experts warn of long-term consequences.<p>FRESNO, California—When Floyd Arthur moved to California's Central Valley as a child in the mid-20th century, his migrant worker parents found water by digging just a few feet into the …

What Caused California’s Napa Valley Earthquake? Faults Explained

Different kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes.<p><b>The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck California’s Napa Valley north of San Francisco on Sunday morning—collapsing older buildings, sparking fires and causing scores of injuries—fell along a series of cracks in the Earth tied to the</b> …

7 Biggest Earthquakes in California History—Napa's Not Even Close

The state has been home to many of the highest magnitude shake-ups in the contiguous United States.<p>The earthquake that rattled Napa Valley wine country early Sunday morning clocked in at a magnitude 6.0. That was big enough to be felt across the Bay Area and to damage buildings, spark fires, and …

Rim fire's 'ghost' trees to be logged, U.S. Forest Service decides

The debate began as the largest blaze ever seen in the Sierra still burned: Should officials cut down the thousands of "ghost" trees left behind by last summer's Rim fire, or leave nature alone?<p>A decision announced Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service calls for salvage-logging on more than 15,000 …

EPA says proposed Delta water tunnel would harm environment

In a sharp rebuke of state plans for a massive water tunnel system in Northern California, federal environmental officials say that the project would violate pollution standards and could worsen conditions for imperiled fish species.<p>The comments by the regional office of the U.S. Environmental …

As California Warms, Greener Mountains Will Mean Less Water for People

Trees growing higher on the slopes will soak up water before it can run into rivers, study says.<p>Scientists have more bad news for drought-stricken California: The climate warming expected in this century is likely to result in even less water flow from the mountains, as trees and plants growing …

World War One cavalry role marked in War Horse Ride

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1104000/1104848_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532531022_26ba0b158b10b98a2407898d831c2ed4<p><b>A ride to commemorate the crucial role played by the British and French cavalry in World War One has ended in the French town of Nery.</b><p>The War Horse Ride …

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The Gardians of France

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Like their American counterparts, the cowboys, France’s <i>gardians</i> cut a dashing figure and loom large in the culture of southern France. Part of a brotherhood formed in the early 16th century, the gardians are the caretakers of the herds of beautiful gray horses and black …

U.S. riders sweep the reining medals at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games - Horse Illustrated

<i>Watch Shawn Flarida and Spooks Gotta Whiz complete their winning run at the WEG 2014 individual final.</i><p>Reining competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI …