California Wildfires Visible From Outer Space

California’s a tinderbox. We feel for the people who are suffering through some of the worst wildfires the region has even seen. The TV drone footage of entire blocks of homes ravaged by fire makes us gasp. We can imagine it happening in our neighborhood as natural catastrophe knows no limits in the long run. The…
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See What The August Eclipse Will Look Like … From Anywhere

There’s so much out there about the August 21 total solar eclipse, it’s like swimming through mud trying to find simple, essential information. But let’s give it a try. Lots of us want to know how much of the sun will be covered from wherever we might happen to be that day. Except for the narrow…
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See NASA’s Curiosity Rover Climb Mt. Sharp From Orbit

It’s been almost five years since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars to investigate whether the planet’s past climate could potentially sustain life. Now we know the answer — Yes! Rolling along hills, dunes and rock-littered landscapes, the rover snaps and sends postcards of its travels every day. I should say every Sol, the name given…
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Trump’s NASA Budget: What It Cuts, What It Keeps

When it comes to space exploration, the White House budget ax does not bite as deeply as it might for other programs. The Trump administration requested $19.1 billion for NASA, a 0.8% decrease — about $200 million — from 2017. NASA’s cuts may look rosy at first glance, but that doesn’t mean a few key…
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Star Trek Makes Its Mark On Pluto’s Moon Charon

Evocative, isn’t it? That’s Pluto’s largest moon Charon against a star field, illuminated by the faint light reflected from nearby Pluto. The right edge of the moon just catches the sunlight from the side and shows as a bright crescent. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was already about 100,000 miles (150,000 km) beyond Pluto when the…
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