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  • Shooting stars to 'zip across the sky' as Earth moves through comet debris

    October 20, 2017 4:55 PM 7

    The meteoroids from Halley's Comet will strike Earth's atmosphere resulting in them burning up in streaking flashes of light. Stargazers are hoping to see the meteor shower peak this weekend, with the Orionid meteors - which appear every year - producing around 20 meteors every hour. The meteoroids from Halley's Comet will strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed

  • 2017 Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend: What to Expect

    October 20, 2017 2:18 PM 15

    Over the next several days, you may get a chance to glimpse a "shooting star" in the predawn hours, as the Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak. This meteor display is spawned by the debris shed by Halley's Comet, and if you spot one of these meteors,there's a good chance that what you saw was a fragment left behind in space by this famous comet

  • The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend. Here's What Time You Can Watch

    October 20, 2017 12:55 PM 9

    Turn off Netflix this weekend and head outdoors to watch the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower instead. The starry spectacle is set to take place between Oct. 20 and Oct. 22, offering a dazzling display that should delight veteran and novice stargazers alike. This year's Orionid meteor shower should be especially good because there will be little moonlight

  • Why Is Human Computer Katherine Johnson Missing from New Women of NASA Lego Set?

    October 19, 2017 4:19 PM 4

    The Women of NASA Lego set is due to be released in November but it won’t include one of the most famous members of the space organization. Commissioned by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock, the set won’t see human computer Katherine Johnson among its items. Weinstock proposed the set at the Lego Ideas platform last year as a set of five, which at that time included

  • Insects Are In Serious Trouble

    October 19, 2017 3:26 PM 21

    In western Germany, populations of flying insects have fallen by around 80 percent in the last three decades. Since 1989, scientists from the Entomological Society Krefeld had been collecting insects in the nature reserves and protected areas of western Germany. They set up malaise traps—large tents that funnel any incoming insect upward through a cone of fabric

  • Google honors the man who discovered the fate of dead stars

    October 19, 2017 10:48 AM 14

    Doodle subject Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar showed us which stars become black holes. Chandra built on the ideas of his hero, Arthur Eddington, who famously said that if a star continued to collapse, "the force of gravitation would be so great that light would be unable to escape from it, the rays falling back to the star like a stone to the Earth." However

  • Flying Insect Numbers Fall by 75 Percent, Threatening 'Ecological Armageddon'

    October 19, 2017 10:31 AM 6

    The total number of flying insects in protected areas in Germany has dropped by over 75 percent in the past 27 years. Scientists noted the major decline of bees, butterflies, moths and other winged creatures across 63 key areas and said it could not be explained by changes to habitat or weather, instead speculating that widespread pesticide use may be to blame

  • 'This is very alarming!': Flying insects vanish from nature preserves

    October 19, 2017 9:17 AM 13

    Biologists call this the windshield phenomenon. It's a symptom, they say, of a vanishing population. "For those of us who look, I think all of us are disturbed and all of us are seeing fewer insects," said Scott Black, executive director of the Portland, Ore.-based Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental group that promotes insect conservation. "On warm summer

  • Google Maps Just Added a Bunch of Planets and Moons for You to Explore

    October 18, 2017 6:43 PM 4

    Google Maps launched itself into space once again with new opportunities to explore parts of the galaxy. Google announced this week that it added a dozen new places including Pluto, Venus and several moons to its galactic exploration feature. There are now 17 different planetary maps to look through. The feature allows users to explore planets Mercury

  • New Google Maps feature lets you go to space

    October 18, 2017 6:34 PM 6

    Google Maps is no longer just for getting directions here on Earth. You can now explore numerous planets, moons and the International Space Station using a new Google Maps feature. The new feature uses imagery captured by the Cassini spacecraft, which was launched 20 years ago and finally burned up in Saturn's atmosphere over the summer. During its long mission