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This Year's Best Holiday Shopping and Dining in NYC, According to an Expert

We asked Concierge Stephanie Matthei to give us her top list restaurants and shops in NYC to help you find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your …

The World’s Largest Plane Engine Is Finally Ready to Fly

Boeing and General Electric are preparing the world’s largest engine for takeoff.<p>Earlier this week, the two companies mounted the gargantuan engine …

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What Flight Attendants' Secret Hand Signals Mean

Airline crew members sometimes use secret signals to communicate with each other on flights, and a new video from EasyJet shows how entertaining …

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The dazzling GIF art of SPYROGIF

One of the great GIF maestros of our time.<p>More at, or you can follow him on Twitter.

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Sunrise on Saturn A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet seen here emerges once more into the Sun's light. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 25 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 23, 2014 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 939 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 127 degrees. Image scale is 67 miles (108 kilometers) per pixel. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Another stunning moon image for International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN), an annual event encouraging people to 'look up' and take notice of the moon. This image from January 2012 is of the moon and Earth's atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA #InOMN #nasa #spacestation #earth #moon #iss

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

How the Hubble telescope captures the colour out of space

The Hubble can only take images in black and white. Does this mean its gorgeous full-colour photos are "fake"? Well, actually... no.<p>When a telescope takes a picture of deep space, it doesn't take it in colour. Modern telescopes are equipped with digital cameras that employ CCD (charge-coupled …


APOD: Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together (2014 Aug 31) Image Credit: NASA Explanation: How was this picture taken? Usually, pictures of the shuttle, taken from space, are snapped from the space station. Commonly, pictures of the space station are snapped from the shuttle. How, then, can there be a picture of both the shuttle and the station together, taken from space? The answer is that during the Space Shuttle Endeavour's last trip to the International Space Station in 2011 May, a supply ship departed the station with astronauts that captured a series of rare views. The supply ship was the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 which landed in Kazakhstan later that day. The accompanying spectacular image well captures the relative sizes of the station and docked shuttle. Far below, clouds of Earth are seen above a blue sea. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

Astrophoto: Spectacular View of the Rosette Nebula

Wow! Here’s a gorgeous view of the Rosette Nebula from astrophotographer César Cantú. The Rosette Nebula is a star-forming region about 5,000 light …


Week's Best Space Pictures: Moons Ravaged, Auroras Revel, and Astronauts Return

Saturn's gravity pillages moonlets, a solar storm births auroras, and space explorers come home in the week's best space pictures.

ATV-5: Georges Lemaître, Monseigneur Big Bang

NASA's Opportunity Rover Sets A Record For Off-World Driving

NASA’s Opportunity rover has been on Mars for over 10 years now, but it’s still going strong. And now it’s just set a new (off) world record: it’s traveled further than any other man-made rover to date.<p>According to NASA, the Opportunity rover has now traveled 40 kilometers (25 miles) on the surface …

OSIRIS-REx Probe Will Intercept a Potentially Dangerous Asteroid in 2018

Asteroid 101955 Bennu (aka 1999 RQ36) may only have an estimated 1 in 1800 chance of colliding with Earth in 2180, but that isn’t its only claim to …

Perseus Cluster Mystery Persists --"What We Found Could Not be Explained by Known Physics"

"The cluster's atmosphere is full of ions such as Fe XXV, Si XIV, and S XV. Each one produces a 'bump' or 'line' in the x-ray spectrum, which we can …

Geysers on Enceladus: Powered by gravity, heating the surface.

In the outer solar system, a moon of Saturn is erupting. Enceladus, a ball of ice 500 kilometers across, has more than 100 geysers erupting near its …

Mars 2020 Rover and Beyond News Teleconference from NASA Headquarters in Washington DC

Voyager 1: 'The little spacecraft that could' -

Scientists may dispute the exact location of Voyager 1, but the spacecraft remains one of NASA's greatest success stories. Take a look at some of the amazing images the probe has provided its Earthbound audience.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>What Voyager saw<p>What Voyager saw<p>What Voyager saw<p>What Voyager saw<p>What …

Rosetta Closing in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after Decade Long Chase

ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft nears final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in late July 2014. This collage of imagery from Rosetta combines …


APOD: NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula (2014 Aug 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker Explanation: These clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula, NGC 7023 is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers, though. Still, this deep telescopic view shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight. Central filaments of the dusty clouds glow with a faint reddish photoluminesence as some dust grains effectively convert the star's invisible ultraviolet radiation to visible red light. Infrared observations indicate that this nebula may contain complex carbon molecules known as PAHs. The pretty blue petals of the Iris Nebula span about six light-years. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD