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Science picture of the day
White ibises News.science360.gov.org
8 Feb 2016

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In Native American folklore, the white ibis was the last animal to seek shelter before a hurricane, and the first to emerge after the storm. The ibis therefore symbolized the danger of an approaching storm, and also the safety after the maelstrom passed. But now ibises may more often signal danger--at least in public parks. People feeding white ibises in such places are turning wild b...

Gamma rays from the inner galaxy News.science360.gov.org
5 Feb 2016

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Studies by two independent groups from the US and the Netherlands indicate that the observed excess of gamma rays from the inner galaxy likely comes from a new source rather than from dark matter. The best candidates are rapidly rotating neutron stars, which will be prime targets for future searches. The Princeton/MIT group and the Netherlands-based group used two different techniques...

Earth science picture of the day
Archive - McMurdo Dry Valleys Epod.usra.edu
7 Feb 2016


Each Sunday we present a notable item from our archives. This EPOD was originally published January 17, 2002

Provided by: National Science Foundation
Summary authors & editors: Martin Ruzek; National Science Foundation

The photo above is of a U.S. Antarctic Program field camp at Lake Hoare in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, with the Canada Glacier in the background. The Dry Valleys - a perpetually sn...

Encore - Bryce Canyon in Winter Epod.usra.edu
6 Feb 2016

EPOD_EncoreBryce canyon

Today, and every Saturday Earth Science Picture of the Day invites you to rediscover favorites from the past. Saturday posts feature an EPOD that was chosen by viewers like you in our monthly Viewers' Choice polls. Join us as we look back at these intriguing and captivating images.

Photographer: James Van Gundy
Summary Author: James Van Gundy



Light Pillars over Alaska Apod.nasa.gov

What's happening behind those houses? What's happening behind those houses?

Advanced LIGO: Gravitational Wave Detectors Upgraded Apod.nasa.gov

Accelerate a charge and you'll get Accelerate a charge and you'll get

Hubble picture of the day
Monstrous Cloud Boomerangs Back to Our Galaxy Hubblesite.org
28 Jan 2016

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The old adage "what goes up must come down" even applies to an immense cloud of hydrogen gas outside our Milky Way galaxy. First discovered in the 1960s, the comet-shaped cloud is 11,000 light-years long and 2,500 light-years across. If the cloud could be seen in visible light, it would span the sky with an apparent diameter 30 times greater than the size of ...

Hubble Unveils a Tapestry of Dazzling Diamond-Like Stars Hubblesite.org
21 Jan 2016

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Some of the Milky Way's "celebrity stars" opulent, attention-getting, and short-lived can be found in this Hubble Space Telescope image of the glittering star cluster called Trumpler 14. It is located 8,000 light-years away in the Carina Nebula, a huge star-formation region in our galaxy. Because the cluster is only 500,000 years old, it has one of the highes...

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Elba and the Mediterranean at Night Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
8 Feb 2016

Elba and the Mediterranean at Night
The reflection of the Moon on the sea surface reveals highly complex patterns on the sea surface.

Oxygen Factories in the Southern Ocean Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
7 Feb 2016

Oxygen Factories in the Southern Ocean
The tiniest of living organisms exert an outsized influence on the planet by producing vast amounts of oxygen.

NASA Earth Observatory Natural Hazards

Bushfires in Tasmania Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
2 Feb 2016

Bushfires in Tasmania
Fires have damaged prized forests in northwestern Tasmania.

Fire Burns in Mumbai Landfill Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
1 Feb 2016

Fire Burns in Mumbai Landfill
Smoke from the blaze streamed into neighborhoods in India’s most populous city.

Animal of the day
Naked Mole Rat - More Than Meets The Eye Thewebsiteofeverything.com
22 Aug 2015
Naked mole ratThe naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is a rodent, known for its burrowing and is indigenous to East Africa. The mole rat possesses a number of characteristics which allow it to survive in underground and harsh environments.

The average naked mole rat is between 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) in length and weighs between 1.1 and 1.2 ounces (30 to 35 grams). They have small eyes, poor...

Northern Pudu - the World's Smallest Deer Thewebsiteofeverything.com
7 Jul 2015
The Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) is the world's smallest deer. This little inhabitant of the Andes Mountains weighs in at only 3 to 6 kg, or 7 to 13 pounds. The Northern Pudu lives and plays across Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. They prefer to stay in the higher elevations of the Andes Mountain range. Most of them live at least 2000 meters above sea level. The climate here is a temperate r...

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