Shantal Goldsmith

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6 Sky Events This Week: Moon Dances, Seven Sisters, Bull’s Eye

<b>As one month gives way to another, planets, stars and meteors light up the night sky this week.</b><p><b>Moon and the Seven Sisters.</b> Near local midnight on Monday, August 26, then again the following night, watch the low eastern horizon for a rising moon parked near the famous Pleiades star cluster in the …

Mesmerizing GIFs of Breathing Earth

Changing Planet<p><b>The biodiversity of Earth as we know it is made up of millions of species—from Baobab trees to narwhals to tiny anemones attached to the ocean floor. But can we think of Earth in a holistic way, as one living entity of its own, instead of the sum of its parts?</b><p>This is what John Nelson …

Your Best Photos of Perseid Meteor Shower

Dozens of you submitted Perseid meteor shower photos to National Geographic’s Your Shot community. Here are the best.

Citizen Divers Enlisted in Conservation Study of Sea Turtles And Sharks at Cocos Island National Park, the “Most Beautiful Island in the World”

<b>BY TODD STEINER</b><p>(c) Shmulik Blum, DeepSEE<p>Jacques Cousteau called Cocos Island “the most beautiful in the world.” Located about halfway between Costa Rica and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, it is the only island in the eastern Pacific Ocean supporting tropical rainforest.<p>With peaks as high as 2,000 …

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side

Researchers imaged this planet around a sun-like star, but its origins remain a mystery.<p><b>There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.</b><p>In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly …

Meteoric Meadow, Milky Way Shoreline

We rounded up the best new pictures from space this week, including spectacular images from the Perseid meteor shower.