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Science picture of the day
Boomerang Nebula News.science360.gov.org
8 Oct 2015

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The Boomerang Nebula, called the “coldest place in the universe,” is located 5,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Centaurus. The background blue structure, as seen in visible light with the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a classic double-lobe shape with a very narrow central region. Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)’s resolution and ability to see th...

School of spinner dolphins News.science360.gov.org
7 Oct 2015

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Spinner dolphins have long been known for their teamwork in capturing prey, but a study using high-tech acoustics found their synchronization is even more complex than scientists realized, and likely evolved as a strategy to maximize their energy intake. The study found that dolphins engage in a highly choreographed night-time dance to enclose their prey, and then dart into the circle...

Earth science picture of the day
Sunset Over Lake Epecuen Epod.usra.edu
8 Oct 2015


Photographer: Omar S. Curcio Summary Author: Omar S. Curcio   Laguna Epecuen, in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, experienced catastrophic flooding in November 1985. The lake and its immediate surroundings, including a tourist village (Villa Epecuen), were submerged beneath 25 ft (8 m) of water for nearly 30 years. Before the flooding, the lake water, having concentrations of salt 20 t...

Capitol Reef National Park’s Cathedral Valley Epod.usra.edu
7 Oct 2015


Photographer: Ray Boren
Summary Author: Ray Boren

Geology and time have been majestically creative in Capitol Reef National Park’s remote Cathedral Valley. The picturesque red-rock valley, accessible via a rough outback road in south-central Utah, boasts not only a pair of towering "cathedrals,” or monoliths, known as the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, but also a mountain of glas...


M83: The Thousand Ruby Galaxy Apod.nasa.gov

Big, bright, and beautiful, Big, bright, and beautiful,

La Palma Eclipse Sequence Apod.nasa.gov

La Palma Eclipse Sequence La Palma Eclipse Sequence

Hubble picture of the day
Mysterious Ripples Found Racing Through Planet-Forming Disk Hubblesite.org
7 Oct 2015

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Though astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, very little is known about how they are born. The conventional wisdom is that planets coagulate inside a vast disk of gas and dust encircling newborn stars. But the details of the process are not well understood because it takes millions of years to happen as the disk undergoes numero...

Hubble Zooms in on Shrapnel from an Exploded Star Hubblesite.org
24 Sep 2015

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Not long before the dawn of recorded human history, our distant ancestors would have witnessed what appeared to be a bright new star briefly blazing in the northern sky, rivaling the glow of our moon. In fact, it was the titanic detonation of a bloated star much more massive than our sun. Now, thousands of years later, the expanding remnant of that blast can be...

NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Soggy Soil in the Eastern United States Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
8 Oct 2015

Soggy Soil in the Eastern United States
An extreme rainfall event saturated the soil along the U.S. East Coast.

Seeing Shock Waves Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
7 Oct 2015

Seeing Shock Waves
NASA scientists are using a modern version of a 150-year-old photography technique to capture images of shock waves created by supersonic jets.

NASA Earth Observatory Natural Hazards

Devastating Rainfall in The Bahamas and South Carolina Earthobservatory.nasa.gov
5 Oct 2015

Devastating Rainfall in The Bahamas and South Carolina
Hurricane Joaquin never made landfall, yet the weather system has wreaked havoc in the Americas.

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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