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  • Meteor for the starry madness

    August 10, 2017 8:30 PM 9

    Here is a good reason to head out of the city this weekend! An astounding meteor shower promises to make an appearance this year on the night of August 12 and it will be a sight to behold. The Perseid Shower is an annual occurrence from mid-July to August and amateur astronomers from the city are quite excited about it! Catching a sight of this meteor

  • Perseids meteor shower peaks this weekend

    August 10, 2017 8:02 PM 4

    Smoke might interfere with viewing, but the show goes on regardless This month is an interesting one for skywatchers, from professionals to casual observers. There is the solar eclipse coming up on Aug. 21, but before that, there is the annual Perseids meteor shower, which peaks on Aug. 12. Clouds sometimes interfere with viewing the spectacular light

  • Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipse

    August 10, 2017 6:48 PM 4

    On Aug. 21, 2017, the Moon will slide in front of the Sun and for a brief moment, day will melt into a dusky night. Moving across the country, the Moon's shadow will block the Sun's light, and weather permitting, those within the path of totality will be treated to a view of the Sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona. But the total solar eclipse will also have imperceptible

  • Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report

    August 10, 2017 5:34 PM 9

    The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday. A range of key climate and weather indicators show the planet is growing increasingly warm, a trend that shows no signs of slowing down, said the annual State of the Climate

  • Perseid Meteor Shower: Day, time to see shooting stars; Why it won't be 'biggest in history'

    August 10, 2017 3:09 PM 4

    The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend, offering a chance for a celestial show of shooting stars. But, contrary to social media rumors, the Perseid's shower won't be the "biggest in history" The Perseids is typically one of the most active showers of the year, with about 80 meteors per hour, though rates have topped as much as 200 meteors

  • Perseid meteor shower is near peak. Here's where to go to see it

    August 10, 2017 1:17 PM 4

    The Perseid meteor shower will peak in the early hours Friday and Saturday, but don’t expect to easily see them from your backyard if you live in Southern California. To really appreciate the celestial show, you want to get as far from the urban glow of lights as possible. For those who want to go a bit far afield — at least 130 miles from Los Angeles

  • Photographing the total solar eclipse with a smartphone

    August 10, 2017 1:04 PM 9

    Millions of people are expected to flock to cities across the United States on Aug. 21 to witness the total solar eclipse. Most of the picture-perfect images you'll see from this celestial phenomenon will be taken with professional digital cameras on tripods or shot through a telescope. These images typically aren't single photographs, but rather composites

  • Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message

    August 10, 2017 11:45 AM 4

    China has successfully sent "hack-proof" messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away. The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes. Using satellites

  • The True Meaning of the Great American Eclipse

    August 10, 2017 11:02 AM 8

    Despite all the hype, the moon has nothing special planned for Aug. 21. It will continue doing what it's done for more than 4 billion years—insensibly circling Earth, a dead rock at the end of a long gravitational tether. The sun has nothing special planned either. It will sit where it must sit and burn as it must burn to sustain the flock of planets

  • Scientists Believe the Eclipse Could Unlock Some of the Universe’s Most Baffling Mysteries

    August 10, 2017 10:04 AM 3

    This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When humans first witnessed solar eclipses, they did not know what to think. In South America, they believed giant jaguars were chasing and catching the sun. In Scandinavia, it was demon sky wolves. In ancient Hindu mythology, the darkness was caused