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  • China to collect samples from moon this year

    January 14, 2019 9:34 AM 159

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan. 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon. China’s

  • Beware of Měnglà: New virus similar to Ebola found in bats in China

    January 11, 2019 4:05 AM 171

    The Měnglà virus was found in fruit bats in China, and potentially could infect humans and other animals, scientists have said. (iStock, File) A new virus similar to Ebola has been discovered in China, according to reports. The Měnglà virus was found in fruit bats, and potentially could infect humans and other animals, according to a study published

  • When lightning strikes: America’s most struck states revealed

    January 10, 2019 9:17 PM 143

    New research reveals the U.S. states that experienced the most lightning strikes in 2018 – Florida and Texas are at the top of the list. The Sunshine State had the highest density of lightning strikes. Florida had the highest average of negative ground-to-cloud flasher per square mile, with 24, according to the study. Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi

  • The Sun will become a giant crystal ball when it dies

    January 10, 2019 4:49 PM 129

    A new study from the University of Warwick reveals that the Sun will become a giant crystal ball when it dies. The Sun produces 3.86 x 10^26 watts of energy, or 2.86 with 24 zeros at the end, an impossibly large number. But when the Sun dies, it will turn into an enormous crystal ball, according to a new study. When stars die, they eventually become

  • Incredible images show bat drinking nectar from a flower

    January 8, 2019 8:34 PM 168

    A photographer in Costa Rica managed to capture amazing photos using his Canon 5D Mark IV of a bat drinking nectar. A British retiree managed to capture a stunning image of a Long Tongue bat licking nectar from a flower while he was on vacation in Costa Rica. John Hudson, 72, was touring a natural reserve while on vacation and came across the bats by chance

  • Here Are All of the Solar and Lunar Eclipses You Can See in 2019

    January 4, 2019 9:24 PM 130

    2019 will have plenty in store for astronomy fans across the world, with a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse, a total lunar eclipse and more. The most exciting such event for U.S.-based stargazers may be the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse” on Jan. 21, says Christian Veillet, an astronomer at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory

  • Scientists find the 'missing' dark matter from the early universe

    January 3, 2019 10:00 AM 92

    Dark matter, it seems, has been clinging to galaxies for a very long time. Most galaxies that existed 10 billion years ago had about as much dark matter as galaxies do today, contradicting earlier studies that suggested less dark matter lurked around galaxies in the early universe. "Dark matter was similarly abundant in star-forming galaxies in the distant

  • A NASA Probe 4 Billion Miles From Earth Took These Pictures of Mysterious Ultima Thule

    January 2, 2019 8:11 PM 100

    (LAUREL, Md.) — A NASA spacecraft traveling 4 billion miles from Earth has sent back its first close-up pictures of the most distant celestial object ever explored, and it looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed, is an elongated body about 20 miles long, consisting of two fused-together spheres. NASA’s New Horizons

  • A NASA Spacecraft Has Set Records After Entering Orbit Around an Asteroid

    January 1, 2019 2:19 AM 101

    (LAUREL, Md.) — A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across

  • ‘Girthy’ 500-pound alligator in Florida captured by trappers

    December 21, 2018 4:48 PM 193

    It took two hours for alligator trappers in Parrish, Fla., to wrangle a massive 12-foot, 500-pound gator that was lurking in a waterway there. The gator, which was trapped Wednesday, was “menacing” divers who were working on a private project on the waterway, WKMG-TV reported. One of the trappers, Jim Cutway, told the news station the divers first noticed