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Earth Gazing: Looking at the Seven Natural Wonders from Orbit

The list of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World spans continents, biomes, and cultures. Here at Planet, our satellite constellations afford us a …

118-Year-Old Painting of a Dead Bird Discovered in a Hut in Antarctica

For over a century, a small watercolor painting of a bird was forgotten in an Antarctic hut. Due to a crusty concoction of penguin poop, feathers, …

Bright nights: scientists explain rare phenomenon of 'nocturnal sun'

Researchers in Canada say ‘zonal waves’ in upper atmosphere may explain why people have reported oddly well-lit evenings since Roman times<p>The Romans referred to it as the “nocturnal sun”. Later accounts describe it as an unexplained glow – bright enough to read a book by – that would sometimes …

York University

Wow! Polar stratospheric clouds

Photos from the EarthSky community of brightly-colored ice clouds in Earth’s stratosphere. They began showing up at high latitudes late last week and …

World view: Japan's sacred Mount Fuji in winter

A magical glimpse of Mount Fuji amid a snowy landscape, in a shot taken by artist Mary-Anne Bartlett shortly before the mountain was shrouded in mist once more

Japan

Photographer captures images of uncontacted Amazon tribe

Brazilian Ricardo Stuckert accidentally stumbled on to the tribe after his helicopter was diverted<p>A photographer has captured images of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe after his helicopter flight took a detour to avoid a rainstorm and happened to fly over their longhouse.<p>“I took the camera and …

Brazil

New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature

Rampant road building has split the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, study shows<p>Rampant road building has shattered the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, a new study has …

Roads

Finding North America’s lost medieval city

Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.<p>A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds …

Archaeology

Loved to Death: How Instagram Is Destroying Our Natural Wonders

The Little North Fork and Three Pools area is some 40 miles from the house in Keizer, Oregon, where I grew up. In high school, my friends and I would …

Social Media

'My works seek to merge the poetic and the scientific'

Artist Siobhan McDonald explains how seismology, climate change and a doomed Arctic expedition have shaped her latest exhibition, Crystalline<p>We live in an era in which humans have become the dominant force of change on the planet. First proclaimed at the turn of the millennium by the climate …

European Space Agency

5 keys to enjoying the closest supermoon

The closest full moon since 1948 is coming up this weekend. When should you watch? What should you watch for? Are supermoons hype? Here’s all you …

Human Landscapes of the American Southwest

Humans have lived in what we now call the American Southwest for centuries, making a wide impact on the land, much of it visible from aerial and satellite photography. Nuclear detonations, housing subdivisions, oil exploration, hydroelectric facilities, solar power facilities, roads, mines, farms, …

Boom-or-Bust Breeding Cycle That Helps the Mighty Oak Survive

Bumper crops at unpredictable intervals increase likelihood a few seedlings will reach maturity<p>When it comes to reproduction, one of the mightiest members of the forest is also one of the most mysterious.<p>At unpredictable intervals, groups of stately oaks, usually recognized for their strength and …

Rabbits

Top 10 Cemeteries to Visit

Some graveyards double as local haunts. See our list for the world's top 10 final destinations.<p>Many of the world’s most storied graveyards offer respite—and rewards—for the living too. Headstones, crypts, and landscapes divulge clues into the spirit of a place and its people. At these famous …

Top 10

What's That Noise? 11 Strange and Mysterious Sounds on Earth & Beyond

1 of 12<p>Nature's noises<p>What’s that sound? Many scientists have come up with curious answers to explain some of the mysterious noises found in nature, …

Black Holes

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-...)

The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in ... after a long illness. It was 25 million years old.<p>For most of its life, the reef was the world’s largest living structure, and the only one visible from space. It was 1,400 miles long, with 2,900 individual reefs and 1,050 islands. In total …

Great Barrier Reef

The World’s Longest Recreational Trail Is Set for Completion Next Year

Travelers who dream of exploring Canada by bike or foot will soon have the perfect opportunity to do so. As inhabitat reports, all 14,913 miles of …

Living Rooms

Rare, Colorful Lightning Sprites Dance Over Hurricane

The unusual phenomena were caused by discharges of energy above the storm.<p>As Hurricane Matthew intensified into a Category 5 storm in the Caribbean this weekend, the tempest also produced vibrant colors in the sky. The rare atmospheric phenomena, known as lighting sprites, were photographed by an …

Gaia’s map of 1 billion stars is the clearest view of our galaxy

Welcome to the age of mass-produced star-gazing. Over 400 million stars have been discovered as part of a project to create the most accurate star …

This is Europe’s oldest living tree

The scientists who discovered it in the highlands of northern Greece named it Adonis, for the Greek god of beauty and desire. It’s more than 1,000 …

Archaeology

Heading Camera-First Into the Storm

Chasing supercells is all in a day's work when this landscape photographer goes where the weather takes him.<p>Mitch Dobrowner has a vivid imagination. When he listens to music, he can see colors. And before he goes out to photograph, his mind's eye already sees an image of what he wants.<p>This time, it …

'Freaks on the peaks': the lonely lives of the last remaining forest fire lookouts

There were 10,000 lookouts, scanning the wilderness for signs of smoke. Now just a few hundred remain, and they pass the time hiking, writing and knitting<p>For Levi Brinegar, alone atop his mountain, a storm can feel like the end of the world. Clouds swallow the peak, winds howl and lightning …

Forests

Utah's Otherworldly Landscapes

Despite its dry desert landscapes, Utah is a land of surprises, and Glen Canyon is one of them, rivaling Arizona's Grand Canyon for sheer majesty. …

National Parks

The deep ocean: plunging to new depths to discover the largest migration on Earth

The deep ocean makes up 95% of habitable Earth, yet only 0.0001% has been explored. The Guardian joined a mission off Bermuda that is looking to unlock the secrets of the deep<p>Video: a dive into Bermuda’s hidden depths<p>The largest migration on Earth is very rarely seen by human eyes, yet it happens …

Ice Age

The Gold-Hungry Forty-Niners Also Plundered Something Else: Eggs

You've heard of the San Francisco gold rush. But that rush spurred another, lesser-known event: the egg rush. The legions of miners who swept into the region in the 1850s hoping to strike gold all had to be fed. And they needed protein to stay strong. But when food shortages hit, wily entrepreneurs …

San Francisco

Greenland shark may live 400 years, smashing longevity record

Imagine having to wait a century to have sex. Such is the life of the Greenland shark—a 5-meter-long predator that may live more than 400 years, …

In pictures: Weather Photographer of the Year

The Royal Meteorological Society and The Royal Photographic Society have announced the finalists of the 2016 Weather Photographer of the Year competition. Drawn from more than 800 entries, in two age categories, the judges are now asking the public to pick a winner. Here are the finalists.<p>Alan …

Weather

Colorado Towns Work to Preserve a Diminishing Resource: Darkness

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. — As people around the world stepped into their backyards or onto rooftops to peer up at the annual spectacle of the Perseid meteor shower early on Friday morning, few of them had a view like Wilson Jarvis and Steve Linderer.<p>At 2:30 a.m. as the light show was peaking, the two men …

Astronomy

Experience: I was stranded in the wilderness for nine days

I had lost so much weight that I looked like walking skeleton. I was ready to give up<p>In March this year, as I was about to turn 72, I set off to visit family in Phoenix, Arizona. I was headed there from Tucson when I took a wrong turn. I kept driving until my hybrid car ran out of petrol and then …

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