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  • Krakatoa puts on incredible display of volcanic lightning

    October 30, 2018 4:46 PM 113

    Krakatoa. It’s a name you’ve probably heard before. It’s a volcano. And when it blew in 1883, it sent shockwaves around the globe. Now, it’s erupting again. It’s not the beast it once was. But it is producing some rare effects. A new mound of ash and lava has been steadily growing in the caldera left behind by the enormous explosion which killed some 36,000 people

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe breaks record, becomes closest spacecraft to the Sun

    October 29, 2018 7:26 PM 130

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has clinched the record for closest approach to the Sun by a man-made object, the space agency confirmed Monday. Scientists calculated that the spacecraft surpassed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface at about 1:04 p.m. EDT Monday. The previous record was set in April 1976 by the Helios 2 spacecraft

  • China's private satellite-carrying rocket fails after launch

    October 28, 2018 2:38 PM 401

    China’s first private carrier rocket ZQ-1 blasts off in Jiuquan, Gansu province, before failing. (VCG via Getty Images) China's first attempt to launch a privately developed rocket capable of carrying a satellite into space was a failure. Beijing-based Landspace said that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally on Saturday, but something

  • Chinese privately developed rocket fails to reach orbit

    October 28, 2018 12:07 PM 135

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Saturday, in a blow to the country’s nascent attempts by private companies to rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The three-stage rocket, Zhuque-1, was developed by Beijing-based Landspace. The company said in a microblog

  • NASA snaps incredible photo of cat's paw nebula

    October 26, 2018 3:10 PM 99

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this view of the Cat's Paw Nebula within the Milky Way. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) We all "knead" more space photos in our lives, so here's a stunning one from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a region of the Milky Way that scientists call the Cat's Paw Nebula. Spitzer sees the world in infrared light, which lets it cut through

  • Mysterious cloud over Mars puzzles onlookers, invites conspiracy theories

    October 25, 2018 8:26 PM 100

    Since 13 September 2018, the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) on board ESA’s Mars Express has been observing the evolution of a curious cloud formation that appears regularly in the vicinity of the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet’s equator. (Credit: ESA/GCP/UPV/EHU Bilbao, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO) Although Mars' atmosphere is comprised of vastly

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe snaps Earth pic as its speeds to the Sun

    October 24, 2018 8:34 PM 249

    NASA has released an image of the Earth captured by the Parker Solar Probe on its historic journey to the Sun. The picture was captured on Sept. 25 by Parker’s Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument. When the image of the Earth was taken, Parker Solar Probe was about 27 million miles from Earth. The average distance between the Sun and Earth

  • Mt. Hood fault lines could trigger quake that could knock some off their feet, researchers say

    October 23, 2018 6:30 AM 89

    Researchers say active fault lines on Mount Hood could potentially trigger a 7.2 magnitude quake. (USDA) Researchers say active fault lines on Mount Hood could potentially trigger a 7.2 magnitude quake that could reach Portland. KGW-TV reports the recently discovered fault lines to the north, south and southwest of Mount Hood extend to the Columbia River

  • Watch: NASA releases 450,000 gallons of water in one minute

    October 22, 2018 11:20 AM 249

    NASA tests the Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center. As a test of its "Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression water deluge system," NASA on Oct. 15 released a deluge of water -- 450,000 gallons to be precise -- in just over one minute. The system is used to reduce

  • Mysterious space object that landed on California ranch identified

    October 19, 2018 9:26 PM 167

    California residents were stunned to watch a fireball of space junk shoot across the sky and fall onto a nearby ranch last week. Videos of the bizarre sight quickly spread across social media — with many wondering what the debris was and where exactly it came from. The owner of the ranch near Hanford spotted the big chunk of metal in his walnut orchard