If You Dug A Deep Enough Hole, Would You End Up In China?

Ever wonder what’s on the opposite side of the planet from where you live? China maybe? Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, you’d be splashing about in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia. Places on the globe that are diametrically opposite one another are called “antipodes.” If you draw a straight line…
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Earth Peeps Out From Saturn’s Rings

You may not have seen it unless you were out very late last night, but the aurora did come around. It flared into a G2 moderate storm a few hours later than predicted. Looking back at the rhythmic expansion and contraction of the auroral oval, 3 a.m. CDT would have been the perfect to be out.…
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Robin Song, Slanted Earth, Must Be Spring

I really, truly heard my first robin today, the first day of spring. The lilting, see-saw song made me stop in my tracks; I just listened, soaking in the melody of the new season. Spring began overcast and early at 5:28 a.m. (CDT) in my neighborhood but has since turned sunny and surprisingly warm. I fear…
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Looking Back At Earth From Mars Gives Us Pause

After you’ve traveled a long way, whether in life or miles, it’s nice to look back. You can see the world with fresh eyes. That’s why I like these now-and-again photos of our home from space. They place the Earth in the context of the greater solar system, the way we see Mars or Jupiter or…
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Below Zero And Closest To The Sun — How So?

Wednesday morning, the people in my town will wake up to strong winds and 4 below zero (–20°C). Funny that that very day the Earth will be closest to the sun for 2017. Do you think we’ll feel any warmer? Absolutely not. The momentary proximity occurs at 8:17 a.m. Central time, when the distance from…
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