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Light pillars over Ontario

Light pillars form when a bright light reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds.<p>Wesley …

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

<b>Listen · 4:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders.<p>But before the Great Wall, warring …

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 …

5 Asteroids That Nearly Hit Earth

A whole lot of space rock is floating around out there, and some massive asteroids have come pretty close to Earth.<p>On Jan. 13, 2004, for example, …

5 of the Craziest Science Facts Out There, Part 2

1. How heavy do you think a cloud is?<p>The typical cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds, according to science correspondent for NPR Robert Krulwich. …

Whales

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

Astronomy

Supermoon Dates 2014: Two New Moons Coming in January

There are five supermoon dates in 2014, with the first coming on January 1.<p>That will be a new moon, as will another new moon coming on January …

How can I see Southern Cross now?

A reader asked:<p>When can I see the Southern Cross in Hawaii?<p>The answer is <i>now</i> – late December and early January – but you’ll have to look for it at …

Astronomy

WIRED's Top Science Stories of the Year

A lot of our readers either love spiders, or love to hate spiders. Either way, in 2013 three spider stories are among our 13 most popular posts. …

The 7 Ships of the New Space Age

American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 vehicles that will change how we work and play in space.<p>American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 …

Space Travel

Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun

Expect higher-than-usual tides in the days following the January 31, 2018, full supermoon.<p>In most places, but not everywhere, there are two high …

Astronomy

Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space

The meteorite is providing invaluable information to help protect against larger rocks that might pose a serious threat to Earth<p>Just after sunrise on 15 February 2013, as commuters made their way along snow-covered roads to Chelyabinsk in south-west Russia, the clear blue sky was torn by a hurtling …

Shaking the 8-Ball: Apollo 8's Alternative Mission Profiles

<i>Want to (sort of) relive Apollo 8? In honour of the 45th anniversary of this awesome flight, I’ll be live tweeting major mission events, complete with relevant images and video clips, starting with crew ingress at 4:58 am EST on December 21! Follow me, @astVintageSpace, for a</i> …

Space Exploration

Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. …