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Saturday, January 18, 2020
How to View a Near-Earth Asteroid Zoom Closer to Earth than the Moon

How to View a Near-Earth Asteroid Zoom Closer to Earth than...

The two red lines pinpoint asteroid 2018 VX1 , which is visiting Earth's neighborhood on Saturday. Credit: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project Three chunky asteroids will zoom by Earth this weekend, and one of them is getting closer to our planet than the moon itself. On Saturday (Nov. 10), the near-Earth asteroid 2018 VX1 will zip…
Not all the Earth’s Water Originated from Comets

Not all the Earth’s Water Originated from Comets

We have comets and asteroids to thank for Earth’s water, according to the most widely-held theory among scientists. But it’s not that cut-and-dried. It’s still a bit of a mystery, and a new study suggests that not all of Earth’s water was delivered to our planet that way. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in…
How the ‘Ghostly’ Picture Of a Sunken Aircraft Injury Up on Google Earth

How the ‘Ghostly’ Picture Of a Sunken Aircraft Injury Up on...

A ghostly image of an airplane shows up off the coast of Edinburgh on Google Earth. Credit: Google Earth Zoom in on the waters off the coast of Edinburgh on Google Earth, and your eye may catch something strange. Is that a plane? Underwater? There does seem to be an airliner at the bottom of…
ISS astronaut areas uncommon, wonderful phenomenon above Earth

ISS astronaut areas uncommon, wonderful phenomenon above Earth

The glory shimmers near the center of the image. Alexander Gerst/ESA If you're lucky, you may have seen one during your time on Earth. A glory is a shimmering optical phenomenon that forms when water droplets scatter light. It's ethereal, like a rainbow halo that shifts from red on the outside to blue on the…
15 Unbelievable Places in the world That Are Frozen in Time

15 Unbelievable Places in the world That Are Frozen in Time

When the Salton Sea formed, quite by accident in 1905, people called it a miracle. Thanks to an irrigation accident, water from the Colorado River filled a formerly dry lakebed in southeastern California. The resulting lake, the Salton Sea, became a resort attraction (it's still a state recreation area today). Within a few decades, though,…
That Rectangle-shaped Iceberg Took a Long, Hazardous Journey

That Rectangle-shaped Iceberg Took a Long, Hazardous Journey

That stunning rectangular iceberg that was photographed in mid-October by NASA scientist Jeremy Harbeck had a much more harrowing journey than we thought. Scientists looked back through satellite images to retrace the ‘berg’s journey. They found that it calved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in November 2017. In Universe Today’s original article on the…
Gems Found In King Tut’s Burial place Formed When A Heavenly Body Hit Earth

Gems Found In King Tut’s Burial place Formed When A Heavenly...

On 4 November 1922, a boy accidentally stumbled on a stone that turned out to be the top of a flight of steps cut into the bedrock of the Valley of the Kings. The Valley of the Kings is a remote valley located in the desert west of the river Nile. In Pharaonic Egypt, this…
Practically all the unaffected wilderness left in the world remains in these 5 nations

Practically all the unaffected wilderness left in the world remains in...

Just five countries hold 70% of the world's remaining wilderness, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society identified the countries in a study published in the journal Nature. It said that just 23% of the planet's landmass can now be considered "wilderness" — places that do not…
This is What Icebergs Appear like at the End of Their Lives. This One’s 18 Years Of Ages

This is What Icebergs Appear like at the End of Their...

Nothing lasts forever, especially an iceberg drifting away from its frigid home. This coffin-shaped iceberg was spotted by astronauts on the International Space Station as it drifted northwards. It split off from a much larger iceberg about 18 years ago, and is moving into warmer and warmer waters. The coffin-shaped iceberg has a name: B15-T.…
The only moon rocks offered in the world increase for auction

The only moon rocks offered in the world increase for auction

Tiny moon rocks collected by a Soviet lander are going up for auction November 29. Sotheby's A rare chance to buy a piece of the moon is coming up just in time for holiday shopping. For that person who's hard to shop for, you can be pretty well assured they don't already have one of…

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