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saturn aurora

Saturn’s auroras sure do look pretty

August 31st, 2018

Here on Earth, auroras are pretty neat sight to see. The phenomenon, commonly called the “Northern Lights,” is fairly well understood by scientists. They occur when charged particles from the Sun are funneled towards Earth’s poles by our planet’s magnetic field. Those particles then interact with various gasses in Earth’s atmosphere and create a brilliant …

museum of the moon

A big fake Moon is slowly making its way around the Earth

August 31st, 2018

You probably don’t spare much thought for the Moon. I mean it’s there in the night sky, being all bright and cool and whatnot, but unless you have a telescope you can’t enjoy all the intricate detail from your vantage point here on Earth. Artist Luke Jerram’s Moon is a whole lot smaller than the …

Hurricane Lane Hawaii: How to track

How to track Hurricane Lane, currently aiming for Hawaii

August 21st, 2018

A rare hurricane watch has been issued for parts of Hawaii as Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, looks increasingly like it might hit some of the islands. On Tuesday morning Pacific Time, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu issued a hurricane watch for the eastern Hawaiian Islands. That includes the Big Island and the islands …

Kilauea volcano hawaii eruption helicopter video

New helicopter video confirms Hawaii is basically Mordor now

June 17th, 2018

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy relied heavily on CGI to turn Mordor into hell on Earth, complete with a lava-spewing volcano and rivers of molten stone running through a barren wasteland. The same description also applies to parts of Hawaii’s Big Island, but the lava is real, and the Kilauea volcano was happy to do …

green blood lizards

Lizards with green blood leave scientists scratching their heads

May 17th, 2018

In science fiction, green blood is common. Monsters often have green blood because it’s strange and scary, the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise have acidic green blood, and the Predator films introduced us to glowing green blood. Green blood does actually exist here on Earth, but it’s quite rare, and a new research effort aimed …