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Wildfires light up western Australia

Careful observers of the new "Black Marble" images of Earth at night released this week by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have noticed bright areas in the western part of Australia that are largely ...

dateDec 07, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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NASA seeing sprites (w/ Video)

High above the clouds during thunderstorms, some 50 miles above Earth a different kind of lightning dances. Bursts of red and blue light, known as "sprites," flash for a scant one thousandth of a second. They are often only ...

dateAug 14, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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Hubble's Neptune anniversary pictures

( -- Today, Neptune has arrived at the same location in space where it was discovered nearly 165 years ago. To commemorate the event, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken these "anniversary pictures" of the ...

dateJul 12, 2011 in Astronomy
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Hubble to use moon as mirror to see Venus transit

This mottled landscape showing the impact crater Tycho is among the most violent-looking places on our moon. Astronomers didn't aim NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study Tycho, however. The image was taken in preparation ...

dateMay 04, 2012 in Astronomy
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