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Footage of Arecibo Observatory collapse - December 1st, 2020

Footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory. Credit: Courtesy of the Arecibo Observatory a U.S. National Science Foundation facility

 

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NASAs robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx Tagging Asteroid Bennu - November 3rd, 2020

 

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Triple crater on Mars - October 29th, 2020

ESAs Mars Express mission acquired images of a rare crater triplet with the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) operated by the German Aerospace Centers (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research. The crater is located in the Noachis Terra region in the southern highlands of Mars. The largest measures 45 kilometres across the middle one approximately 34 and the smallest 28. Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO - NASA/JPL (MOLA) FU Berlin

 

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ESA - Mission Zero (Astro Pi) - October 11th, 2020

 

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International Observe the Moon Night - September 27th, 2020

 

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Iceberg Flips on Explorers - September 21st, 2020

 

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A new view of Enceladus - September 18th, 2020

 

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Medicane Ianos - September 18th, 2020

 

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13 things you need to know about space - September 3rd, 2020

 

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Scientists detect first mid-sized black hole via gravitational waves - September 2nd, 2020

LIGO and Virgo have detected the heftiest black hole merger to date giving birth to a new black hole that weighs in at some 142 solar masses. This cosmic middleweight is the first direct observation of the birth of an elusive intermediate-mass black hole.

 

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Monitoring the Arctic heatwave - August 27th, 2020

 

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Election eve asteroid may be heading for Earth - Dont panic. - August 25th, 2020

A small asteroid 2018 VP₁ will cross Earths orbit on November 2. Scientists arent sure if the two will collide – but even if they do theres still no cause for alarm.

 

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NASAs big move to search for life on Mars - and to bring rocks home - August 19th, 2020

 

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Solar Orbiter will soon explore what shapes and powers the solar wind. - August 18th, 2020

 

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Arecibo radio telescope goes dark after mysterious destruction - August 15th, 2020

 

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Salute to the Sun - August 13th, 2020

After four months of darkness the Sun finally rises on 11 August at Concordia research station in Antarctica. The crew are understandably reverent.

 

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NASAs OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collects Bennu-sian dust! - August 11th, 2020

Captured during the second rehearsal of the OSIRIS-REx missions sample collection event this series of images shows the SamCam imagers field of view as the NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid Bennus surface. The rehearsal brought the spacecraft through the first three manoeuvres of the sampling sequence to a point approximately 131 feet (40 meters) above the surface after which the spacecraft performed a back-away burn.

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Splashdown of Crew Dragon Demo-2 - August 2nd, 2020

SpaceXs Crew Dragon spacecraft splashes into the Gulf of Mexico carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley concluding the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

 

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Comet NEOWISE - July 17th, 2020

 

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Meteo.gr: Οι καταιγίδες στην Αθήνα μέσα από μετεωρολογικές κάμερες - June 22nd, 2020

 

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ESA in a post Covid-19 world - April 28th, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks vast changes on peoples daily lives ESA is examining how space can help improve life on Earth both during and after the outbreak.

 

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Hubble Watches Comet ATLAS Disintegrate Into More Than Two Dozen Pieces - April 28th, 2020

These two Hubble Space Telescope images of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) taken on April 20 (left) and April 23 2020 provide the sharpest views yet of the breakup of the solid nucleus of the comet. Hubbles eagle-eye view identifies as many as 30 separate fragments. Hubble distinguishes pieces that are roughly the size of a house. Before the breakup the entire nucleus of the comet may have been the length of one or two football fields. Astronomers arent sure why this comet broke apart. The comet was approximately 91 million miles (146 million kilometers) from Earth when the images were taken. Credits: NASA ESA STScI and D. Jewitt (UCLA)

 

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Air pollution drops in India following lockdown - April 24th, 2020

Lockdowns imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus have been recently linked with cleaner air quality over Europe and China. New images from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite from the European Union Copernicus programme now show some cities across India seeing levels drop by around 40—50% owing to its nationwide quarantine.

 

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Big asteroid 1998 OR2 seen in radar imagery ahead of fly-by - April 23rd, 2020

 

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ESA: Ending global plant tracking - Proba-V assigned new focus - April 20th, 2020

 

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Air pollution remains low as Europeans stay at home Mar-Apr 2019-2020 - April 16th, 2020

 

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BepiColombo Earth flyby images - April 15th, 2020

These images of Earth were taken by the Japanese-European BepiColombo spacecraft on 9 to 11 April 2020 as the spacecraft flew by Earth.

 

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SETI@home - SETI.gr team info - March 4th, 2020

 

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SETI@home hibernation - March 2nd, 2020

 

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A Year of Weather - 2019 - January 21st, 2020

 

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Strong quake in southern Philippines - December 15th, 2019

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck parts of the Philippines.

 

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New Zealand eruption: tourists stranded on White Island after volcano blows - December 8th, 2019

 

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Chinas Lunar Rover Yutu-2 Scopes Out Weird Substance on Far Side of the Moon - September 20th, 2019

 

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How NASA Plans to Discover Alien Life on Jupiters Moon Europa - September 20th, 2019

 

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Stromboli volcano erupting - August 28th, 2019

 

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Tornado in Chalkidiki sea - August 17th, 2019

 

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Meteorite lights up the sky in Sardinia (Italy) - August 16th, 2019

 

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Dramatic eruption by Mexicos Popocatepetl volcano shimmers in morning sun - August 13th, 2019

 

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Russian Progress Cargo Spacecraft Docks With ISS - July 31st, 2019

 

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Stromboli eruption - July 3rd, 2019

 

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AMS events - Two fireballs: over Germany and over Maryland - April 16th, 2019

 

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Tornado in Syros sea - April 15th, 2019

 

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Hellas to the Moon - April 14th, 2019

 

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Senator Richard Blumenthal on Threats in Space - April 13th, 2019

 

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Israels Beresheet Mission Crashes on the Moon - April 11th, 2019

 

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National Science Foundation/EHT Press Conference Revealing First Image of Black - April 10th, 2019

 

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Our Milky Way Galaxy: How Big is Space? - April 2nd, 2019

 

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Chinas Yutu 2 Rover Is Driving on the Far Side of the Moon - January 2nd, 2019

 

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The desert of Oman is now a great sea - November 2nd, 2018

 

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What the Heck Is the Deal with This Weird - Square Iceberg? - October 19th, 2018

From yesterdays #IceBridge flight: A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C ice shelf. The icebergs sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf.

 

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The International Space Station (ISS) has a tiny hole - August 30th, 2018

 

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Startrail image in Kea island Greece - August 1st, 2018

Image by George Koutsoumaris using a Canon EOS 800D, with focal length 50mm, ISO speed rating 3200, aperture value 5.00EV (f/5.7) and 217 images of 20 sec.

 

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Why Wont it Melt? How NASAs Solar Probe will Survive the Sun - July 19th, 2018

 

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Iceberg Innaarsuit - Greenland - July 17th, 2018

 

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First confirmed image of newborn planet caught with ESOs VLT - July 2nd, 2018

This spectacular image from the SPHERE instrument on ESOs Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet stands clearly out, visible as a bright point to the right of the center of the image, which is blacked out by the coronagraph mask used to block the blinding light of the central star. Credit: ESO/A. Müller et al.

 

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Impressive tornado in Serifos sea - June 26th, 2018

 

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Worlds Most Powerful Supercomputer for Astronomy Begins Operation - June 4th, 2018

A three-petaflop Cray XC50 supercomputer has been installed at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and is now up and running.

 

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Space Myths - April 23rd, 2018

 

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You Wont Believe This Desert Miracle - March 31st, 2018

 

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Chinese Space Lab (Tiangong-1) to fall to earth within days in fiery demise - March 27th, 2018

An out-of-control Chinese space lab is expected to fall to Earth within days, according to the latest estimate from the European Space Agency (ESA), which is monitoring its descent. The ESAs Space Debris Office said that the re-entry window for the Tiangong-1 space station was between March 30 and April 2 although it warned the estimate was highly variable. The China Manned Space Engineering Office said it expects the lab to reenter the atmosphere between March 31 and April 4, burning up in the process.

 

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Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 - March 14th, 2018

Goodbye superman

 

Carbon Cycle - February 21st, 2018

As part of the way Earth works as a system, carbon is continuously passed between the ocean, the land and the atmosphere. This involves a range of different processes, some of which can be observed by satellites. Human activity is disturbing these natural processes and causing a rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Satellites and ESAs Climate Change Initiative are helping to improve our understanding of the carbon cycle and its role in climate change.

 

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Mars as never seen before: NASAs Curiosity rover reveals a stunning... - February 2nd, 2018

 

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Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice - January 11th, 2018

A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is about 550 yards wide. The scarp drops about 140 yards from the level ground in the upper third of the image.

 

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Fireball over the UK - January 1st, 2018

 

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World Meteorological Organization (WMO) State of the Climate for 2017 - November 6th, 2017

 

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Astronomers Find the Missing Normal Matter in the Universe - October 13th, 2017

Astronomers Find the Missing Normal Matter in the Universe. Still Looking for Dark Matter. For decades the predominant cosmological model used by scientists has been based on the theory that in addition to baryonic matter – aka. “normal” or “luminous” matter which we can see – the Universe also contains a substantial amount of invisible mass. This “Dark Matter” accounts for roughly 26.8% of the mass of the Universe whereas normal matter accounts for just 4.9%. While the search for Dark Matter is ongoing and direct evidence is yet to be found scientists have also been aware that roughly 90% of the Universe’s normal matter still remained undetected. According to two new studies that were recently published much of this normal matter – which consists of filaments of hot diffuse gas that links galaxies together – may have finally been found.

 

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Antartic Ocean (Ross island - polynya) - September 21st, 2017

 

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Final Moments in Cassini Mission Control - September 15th, 2017

Engineers at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California awaited the final transmission from the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturns atmosphere ending its 20-year voyage of discovery. For more about the Cassini mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

 

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Sunglint on the Aegean and Mediterranean - July 6th, 2017

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite captured this image of sunglint on the waters around Crete and the Aegean Islands.

 

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Hellas Sat 3 - June 28th, 2017

Hellas Sat and Inmarsat to launch a joint satellite into 39deg E orbital location. The satellite carry two missions: first the S-band payload (designated EuropaSat) which represents Inmarsats commitment to deploy an integrated telecommunications network to deliver aviation passenger connectivity services on a EU-wide basis and second a 44 Ku-band transponders payload designated Hellas-sat 3 for Hellas-sat a majority owned subsidiary of Arabsat that will replace the existing Hellas-sat2 satellite and provide more growth capacities to its customers with diversified footprints in Europe Middle East and Africa. The satellite manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and launched on 28th of June 2017.

 

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Hawking says continued existence of humanity relies on space colonisation - June 20th, 2017

 

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Incredible footage of a huge whirlpool spotted off Corfu - Greece - May 27th, 2017

 

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April 2017 was second-warmest April on record - May 15th, 2017

April 2017 was the second-warmest April in 137 years of modern record-keeping according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

 

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15 Dramatic Changes on Earth Revealed by NASA - May 12th, 2017

 

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How The Arecibo Telescope Could Help Save The World - May 8th, 2017

 

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NASA's Juno Reveals Swirling Clouds And Giant Storms Over Jupiter's South Pole - May 6th, 2017

 

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Guatemala volcano erupting underneath the stunning glow of the Milky Way - May 6th, 2017

 

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There are diseases hidden in ice and they are waking up - May 4th, 2017

 

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Cassini's First Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings - April 27th, 2017

 

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NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From New Zealand - April 25th, 2017

 

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Ocean Worlds Are All Around Us - NASA Dives In - April 13th, 2017

NASA takes a deep dive into the pool of worlds that harbor or are suspected of harboring water in our solar system.

 

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PRE-TECT is an atmospheric experiment (by the National Observatory of Athens) - April 1st, 2017

PRE-TECT is an atmospheric experiment organized by the National Observatory of Athens in the framework of the ACTRIS. The experiment will take place from 1st 30th April 2017 aiming to advance desert dust characterization from remote sensing measurements. It will employ advanced inversion techniques developed in the framework of ACTRIS focusing on aerosol absorption and aiming to fulfil the objectives of the ACTRIS JRA1 activity ("Improving the accuracy of aerosol light absorption determinations"). The specific aim of the campaign is to validate the remote sensing retrievals against surface and airborne in-situ measurements. The campaign is framed by a number of parallel activities.

 

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Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Powering Alien Probes? - March 9th, 2017

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life from radio broadcasts to laser flashes without success. However newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies. Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances and we havent identified a possible natural source with any confidence said theorist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking. As the name implies fast radio bursts are millisecond-long flashes of radio emission. First discovered in 2007 fewer than two dozen have been detected by gigantic radio telescopes like the Parkes Observatory in Australia or the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. They are inferred to originate from distant galaxies billions of light-years away. Loeb and his co-author Manasvi Lingam (Harvard University) examined the feasibility of creating a radio transmitter strong enough for it to be detectable across such immense distances. They found that if the transmitter were solar powered the sunlight falling on an area of a planet twice the size of the Earth would be enough to generate the needed energy. Such a vast construction project is well beyond our technology but within the realm of possibility according to the laws of physics. Lingam and Loeb also considered whether such a transmitter would be viable from an engineering perspective or whether the tremendous energies involved would melt any underlying structure. Again they found that a water-cooled device twice the size of Earth could withstand the heat. They then asked why build such an instrument in the first place? They argue that the most plausible use of such power is driving interstellar light sails. The amount of power involved would be sufficient to push a payload of a million tons or about 20 times the largest cruise ships on Earth. Thats big enough to carry living passengers across interstellar or even intergalactic distances added Lingam. To power a light sail the transmitter would need to focus a beam on it continuously. Observers on Earth would see a brief flash because the sail and its host planet star and galaxy are all moving relative to us. As a result the beam sweeps across the sky and only points in our direction for a moment. Repeated appearances of the beam which were observed but cannot be explained by cataclysmic astrophysical events might provide important clues about its artificial origin. Loeb admits that this work is speculative. When asked whether he really believes that any fast radio bursts are due to aliens he replied Science isnt a matter of belief its a matter of evidence. Deciding what’s likely ahead of time limits the possibilities. Its worth putting ideas out there and letting the data be the judge. The paper reporting this work has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters and is available online. Headquartered in Cambridge Mass. the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists organized into six research divisions study the origin evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.

 

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Earth-Size Planets: The Newest Weirdest Generation (TRAPPIST-1) - February 23rd, 2017

The TRAPPIST-1 star an ultra-cool dwarf has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. Any of these planets could have liquid water on them. Planets that are farther from the star are more likely to have significant amounts of ice especially on the side that faces away from the star.

 

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Arecibo tour 2017 - February 22nd, 2017

 

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Lava Fire Hose Described By Volcano Scientist - January 30th, 2017

 

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Giant Antarctic iceberg set to break away - say Swansea researchers - January 5th, 2017

The Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5000 sq. km following further substantial rift growth. After a few months of steady incremental advance since the last event the rift grew suddenly by a further 18 km during the second half of December 2016. Only a final 20 km of ice now connects an iceberg one quarter the size of Wales to its parent ice shelf. When it calves the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10% of its area to leave the ice front at its most retreated position ever recorded this event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. We have previously shown that the new configuration will be less stable than it was prior to the rift and that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbour Larsen B which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event.

 

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Happy New Year from the International Space Station! - January 1st, 2017

 

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The repeating Fast Radio Burst FRB 121102: Multi-wavelenght observations - December 20th, 2016

 

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Hillary Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Talking about UFOs and Aliens with Kimmel - November 24th, 2016

 

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Mars Exploration Rover Mission Opportunity - November 14th, 2016

Opportunity :: Microscopic Imager :: Sol 3720

 

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Human Population Through Time by American Museum of Natural History - November 4th, 2016

It took 200000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earths resources even as we approach 11 billion?

 

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Crack in the Brunt Ice Shelf - Drone Footage - October 31st, 2016

 

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Cloudy Nights - Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters - October 18th, 2016

The attached illustration represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear to a person flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship based on computer modeling.

 

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Stephen Hawkings Favorite Places - September 24th, 2016

 

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Hillary Clintons campaign chair is obsessed with UFOs and aliens - September 20th, 2016

 

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Impressive tornado in Laganas sea - September 6th, 2016

 

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Berkeley SETI Research Center Highlights - August 25th, 2016

See some of the highlights of work at Berkeley SETI Research Center. Hear about SETI@home and the Breakthrough Listen optical and radio searches visit the Green Bank Telescope see our computing hardware meet our undergraduate research interns and preview some of our upcoming video pieces in this five minute teaser.

 

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Pilot captures incredible nighttime thunderstorm photo over the Pacific Ocean - July 5th, 2016

 

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NASA Juno - Infographic: Built to Withstand Intense Radiation Environments - June 30th, 2016

 

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Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope - June 29th, 2016

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is a Chinese mega-science project aiming to build the largest single dish radio telescope in the world with innovative concepts. It is funded by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and managed by the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) with the government of Guizhou province as a cooperation partner.

 

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UNICEF - Would you stop if you saw this little girl on the street? - June 28th, 2016

They were all telling me to go away. Anano 6 is a child actor. But the situation shes in is very real. Every day millions of children living in poverty are ignored pushed aside and deprived of everything they need to thrive. It doesnt need to be this way. Our 2016 State of the Worlds Children Report is a call to action for the world to treat its least fortunate children the way it treats its luckier children: http://uni.cf/sowc16 #foreverychild #FightUnfair

 

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What is the future of the internet? | Tim Berners-Lee - May 27th, 2016

 

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Groundbreaking study sheds light on Neanderthal life - May 26th, 2016

From the outside it looks like countless other rural sites in Europe. But a new study shows that behind the grass and hills by the River Aveyron in south west France lie some of the worlds oldest-known man-made constructions:http://www.nature.com/news/neandertha.... Deep inside the Bruniquel caves are centuries-old semicircular walls made of some 400 large broken-off stalagmites.

 

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Violent tornado from extreme close range south of Dodge City (KS) - May 24th, 2016

 

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Hawaii - Two lava flows break out at Kilauea volcano - May 24th, 2016

Two new lava flows have broken out at the Kilauea volcano on Hawaiis Big Island. Fortunately neither is threatening nearby communities. Kilauea is one of the worlds most active volcanoes and in an incident in 2014 lava from one of its vents had crept into the nearby town of Pahoa which ended up smothering part of a cemetery and burning down a home. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says the new lava flows broke out Tuesday morning from one of Kilaueas cones.

 

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Lightning Storm Recorded at 7000 Frames Per Second - May 24th, 2016

 

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ISRO successfully test launches Indias first-ever indigenous space shuttle - May 22nd, 2016

 

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Russia: See footage of FIRST ever rocket launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome - May 16th, 2016

Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos released video footage on Monday of the first rocket launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome taken by cameras installed on the Soyuz-2.1a rocket.

 

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Andre Brahic discoverer of Neptunes rings dies - May 15th, 2016

Andre Brahic one of the people who discovered the rings of Neptune has died aged 73 his publisher says.

 

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Sunrise Time-lapse from the International Space Station (ISS) - May 14th, 2016

Good Morning! Sunrise bursting on the scene followed by beautiful ocean sun glint. We get 16 of these every day!

 

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Hubble Takes Mars Portrait Near Close Approach - May 12th, 2016

Astronomers using NASAs Hubble Space Telescope captured this striking image of Mars when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth. The photo reveals details as small as 20 miles to 30 miles across. This observation was made just a few days before Mars opposition on May 22 when the sun and Mars will be on exact opposite sides of Earth. Mars also will be 47.4 million miles from Earth. On May 30 Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 11 years at a distance of 46.8 million miles. Mars is especially photogenic during opposition because it can be seen fully illuminated by the sun as viewed from Earth.

 

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Plutos Moon Hydra Sheathed in Ultraclean Water Ice - May 10th, 2016

 

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GoPro Awards: On a Rocket Launch to Space - May 4th, 2016

 

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General Mark A Milley Says Prepare For Little Green Men - No comments - April 25th, 2016

 

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Tim Peake completes the London Marathon from space - April 24th, 2016

Major Tim Peake has completed the London Marathon from space in three hours 35 minutes 21 seconds. Report by Jennifer Cordingley.

 

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Jellyfish - April 24th, 2016

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24 2016. while exploring Enigma Seamount at a depth of ~3700 meters.

 

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Drone aerial view of Athens (Ancient Agora & temple of Hephaestus) - April 12th, 2016

The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos also called Market Hill.

 

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SpaceX lands rocket at sea - makes history - April 8th, 2016

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. Its the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing after four previous attempts ended in failure. Todays success is a crucial milestone for SpaceX as it shows the company can land its rockets both on solid ground and ocean.

 

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SunCube miniature satellites - Your own personal spacecraft from just $1000 - April 8th, 2016

How much do you think a typical spacecraft costs? Millions or even billions of dollars? If you are talking about the kinds of vehicles in NASAs fleet you are right but what if you reduced the scale to say the dimensions of a Matchbox car? That would make things a lot more affordable right? Thats the thinking behind an ambitious new satellite concept developed by scientists at Arizona State University (ASU). Their tiny SunCube platform is whats called a femtosat – aka femtosatellite meaning an extremely small satellite that weighs less than 100 grams in total (and thats including any mini payload or fuel).

 

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Goodnight Athens from Space Station - Tim Kopra - March 26th, 2016

 

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Goodnight Athens from Space Station - Tim Kopra (large image) - March 26th, 2016

 

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New background image from NASA (Horsehead: A Wider View) - March 25th, 2016

Combined image data from the massive ground-based VISTA telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope was used to create this wide perspective of the interstellar landscape surrounding the famous Horsehead Nebula. Captured at near-infrared wavelengths the regions dusty molecular cloud sprawls across the scene that covers an angle about two-thirds the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Left to right the frame spans just over 10 light-years at the Horseheads estimated distance of 1600 light-years. Also known as Barnard 33 the still recognizable Horsehead Nebula stands at the upper right the near-infrared glow of a dusty pillar topped with newborn stars. Below and left the bright reflection nebula NGC 2023 is itself the illuminated environs of a hot young star. Obscuring clouds below the base of the Horsehead and on the outskirts of NGC 2023 show the tell-tale far red emission of energetic jets known as Herbig-Haro objects also associated with newborn stars. Horsehead: A Wider View. Composition and Processing: Robert Gendler. Image Data: ESO-VISTA-HLA-Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

 

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Caught for the First Time: The Early Flash of an Exploding Star - March 21st, 2016

The brilliant flash of an exploding stars shockwave—what astronomers call the shock breakout -- is illustrated in this cartoon animation. The animation begins with a view of a red supergiant star that is 500 times bigger and 20000 brighter than our sun. When the stars internal furnace can no longer sustain nuclear fusion its core to collapses under gravity. A shockwave from the implosion rushes upward through the stars layers. The shockwave initially breaks through the stars visible surface as a series of finger-like plasma jets. Only 20 minute later the full fury of the shockwave reaches the surface and the doomed star blasts apart as a supernova explosion. This animation is based on photometric observations made by NASAs Kepler space telescope. By closely monitoring the star KSN 2011d located 1.2 billion light-years away Kepler caught the onset of the early flash and subsequent explosion.

 

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Fermats last theorem mathematician Andrew Wiles wins Abel prize - March 15th, 2016

His work was one of the most stunning results in modern mathematics – and now hes won one of the biggest prizes in the field. Andrew Wiles of the University of Oxford who in the 1990s cracked the long-standing mystery of Fermats last theorem has been awarded the 2016 Abel prize.

 

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Step inside the Large Hadron Collider (360 video) - BBC News - March 10th, 2016

A 360 tour of CERN that takes you deep inside the Large Hadron Collider – the worlds greatest physics experiment - with BBC Clicks Spencer Kelly. Watch the FULLClick 360 episode now on http://www.youtube.com/BBCClick/

 

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Magnificent Mars: 10 Years of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - March 9th, 2016

NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has clocked more than a decade of service at the Red Planet and has yielded scientific discoveries and magnificent views of a distant world. These images taken by MROs HiRISE camera are not in true color because they include infrared information in order to be optimized for geological science.

 

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Methane Snow on Pluto s Peaks - March 3rd, 2016

The New Horizons team has discovered a chain of exotic snowcapped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.

 

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Mayak the crowd funded Russian satellite nearing launch - March 1st, 2016

Russian engineers working on the Mayak crowd funded satellite project have announced that the satellite is nearing a launch date—once in space the team claims that it will be the most visible object in the night sky.

 

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Building a Moon base (ESA Euronews) - February 26th, 2016

 

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The host galaxy of a fast radio burst - February 24th, 2016

In recent years millisecond-duration radio signals originating in distant galaxies appear to have been discovered in the so-called fast radio bursts. These signals are dispersed according to a precise physical law and this dispersion is a key observable quantity which in tandem with a redshift measurement can be used for fundamental physical investigations. Every fast radio burst has a dispersion measurement but none before now have had a redshift measurement because of the difficulty in pinpointing their celestial coordinates. Here we report the discovery of a fast radio burst and the identification of a fading radio transient lasting 6 days after the event,= which we use to identify the host galaxy. We measure the galaxys redshift to be z = 0.492 ± 0.008. The dispersion measure and redshift in combination provide a direct measurement of the cosmic density of ionized baryons in the intergalactic medium of ΩIGM = 4.9 ± 1.3 per cent in agreement with the expectation from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and including all of the so-called missing baryons. The 6-day radio transient is largely consistent with the radio afterglow of a short γ-ray burst and its existence and timescale do not support progenitor models such as giant pulses from pulsars and supernovae. This contrasts with the interpretation of another recently discovered fast radio burst suggesting that there are at least two classes of bursts.

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Atlas The Next Generation by Boston Dynamics - February 23rd, 2016

A new version of Atlas designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles assess the terrain help with navigation and manipulate objects.

 

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SOHO Lasco C3 - Mysterious object passing by the sun - February 14th, 2016

This mysterious spherical object flies into the sun. It was photographed by the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) Lasco C3

 

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Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO): Year 6 Ultra-HD - February 12th, 2016

The sun is always changing and NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on Feb. 11 2010 SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the sun with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the suns atmosphere the corona. SDOs sixth year in orbit was no exception. This video shows that entire sixth year from Jan. 1 2015 to Jan. 28 2016 as one time-lapse sequence. Each frame represents 2 hours.

 

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Large fireball over the Atlantic - February 6th, 2016

The energy released was equivalent to the detonation of 13.000 tons of TNT.

 

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Remembering the Challenger disaster 30 years later - January 28th, 2016

On the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster a remembrance of the crew through portions of President Ronald Reagans address to the nation on January 28 1986.

 

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Liquid Ping Pong in Space - January 21st, 2016

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who marked day 300 of a historic year in space on Jan. 21 2016 shows off another fascinating feature of life in microgravity. Kelly used two paddles with hydrophobic or water repellant features to pass a sphere of water back and forth. Scientists use the microgravity environment of the space station to advance scientific knowledge in Earth space physical and biological sciences that otherwise wouldnt be possible down here on the planet.

 

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Evidence of a Ninth Planet - January 20th, 2016

Caltechs Konstantin Batygin an assistant professor of planetary science and Mike Brown the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy discuss new research that provides evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system.

 

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Avalanche Hit a Village in Bessans - France - January 12th, 2016

An Avalanche gets to close for comfort for this small commune in France.

 

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Do the Clintons believe in aliens? - January 5th, 2016

During a meeting with The Conway Daily Sun. Hillary Clinton jokingly pledged to look into UFOs

 

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Star Gazing: Geminid Meteor shower awes spectators in China - December 15th, 2015

 

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Typhoon Melor hit Philippines - December 14th, 2015

Thousands of residents were evacuated in the six provinces comprising the Bicol region in the Philippines on Monday as Typhoon Melor slammed into the east of the country according to officials.

 

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World Earthquakes 2000-2015 Data Visualization - December 1st, 2015

This data visualization shows world earthquakes greater than magnitude 4 between 2000 and as at November 2015. Each dot is a quake. The brighter the dot the bigger the quake. The dots are cumulative so you can see the areas where quake activity is most consistently experienced. Produced by 422 South and available for license.

 

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United nations conference on climate change - November 30th, 2015

Climate-friendly habits. Citizens making a difference: 10 climate-friendly habits. Although the main aim of COP21 is to reach an international climate agreement between government and even non-governmental stakeholders it is also the perfect opportunity to remind citizens of how everyone can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their day-to-day lives. Each French person emits an average of 7.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year! If we all play our part we can help reduce emissions and help companies adapt to climate challenges.

 

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If alien life exists on exoplanets how would we know? - November 9th, 2015

Astrophysicist Sara Seager believes she has a way to reveal the biological secrets of a second Earth – watch a part of the video above to see how (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPNBXFFlUow).

 

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Offshore Mud Volcano - Sea of Azov Russia - October 28th, 2015

 

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War of the Worlds: Humans may be wiped out if aliens find Earth warns Stephen Hawking - October 1st, 2015

IT may sound like the plot of a 1950s science fiction movie, but legendary scientist Stephen Hawking may be having doubts about contacting aliens after admitting it could all go horribly wrong for us if they ever land on Earth.

 

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NASA: Recent flowing water has been found on Mars - September 28th, 2015

In a highly anticipated press conference NASA announced that under certain circumstances liquid water has been found on Mars.

 

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Around the World with Astronaut Scott Kelly - September 16th, 2015

On Sept. 15 I completed 2736 orbits around the world traveling 72 million miles on my Year In Space. I am halfway home. By the end of this mission I will have circumnavigated the globe 5472 times. Come full circle with me and fly one full orbit of our beautiful planet.

 

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Aqueduct Projected Water Stress Country Rankings - August 1st, 2015

 

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NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole - July 31st, 2015

Scientists using cameras aboard NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moons north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. To view the image with zoom and pan capability visit: http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/gigapan

 

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The Heimlich Maneuver - July 22nd, 2015

 

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A Portrait from the Final Approach to Pluto and Charon - July 14th, 2015

A portrait from the final approach. Pluto and Charon display striking color and brightness contrast in this composite image from July 11 showing high-resolution black-and-white LORRI images colorized with Ralph data collected from the last rotation of Pluto. Color data being returned by the spacecraft now will update these images bringing color contrast into sharper focus.

 

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Terrifying Encounter With a Large Tornado In Northern Italy - Mira - July 8th, 2015

 

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CCTV Catches Violence of Nepalese Earthquake Part 1 - April 25th, 2015

The Nepali capital Kathmandu was rocked a large earthquake and aftershocks on Saturday April 25. The United States Geological Survey reported that the magnitude 7.9 earthquake was centred around 35km east of Lamjung. The quake was felt as far south as Delhi in India. This CCTV footage is described as showing the moment the earthquake struck Kathmandu.

 

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Original footage 7.9 Magnitude earthquake in Nepal 2015 - April 25th, 2015

State of emergency declared The Nepal government has declared a state of emergency in the affected districts and appealed for international humanitarian assistance. Kathmandu Valley and surrounding districts are worst affected According to the Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam Nearly 25 aftershocks of equal magnitudes causing more damage.

 

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Lava tube draining Lost Lake (Oregon) - April 23rd, 2015

Water from Lost Lake drains down one of the many lava tubes scattered throughout the Central Oregon Cascades. The water is most likely seeping into the subsurface below and refilling the massive aquifer that feeds springs on both sides of the Cascades.

 

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President Barack Obama Denies Knowledge of Aliens - March 13th, 2015

 

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St John Ambulance - The Chokeables advert: save a choking baby - January 10th, 2015

Find out how to save a choking baby with #TheChokeables – the new advert from St John Ambulance.

 

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Christmas on the International Space Station: Astronauts tweet festive cheer - December 25th, 2014

 

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ESA | Christmas greeting from Samantha - December 23rd, 2014

 

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NASA | Holiday Lights On the Sun - December 22nd, 2014

 

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Milky Way above Navajo sandstone in Arizona - December 20th, 2014

The Milky Way as seen from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona by Dave Lane Astrophotography.

 

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NASA | NASA Sees Holiday Lights from Space - December 16th, 2014

 

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NASA | Need To Know: Sample Analysis at Mars Findings - December 16th, 2014

 

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Lava flows in Pahoa - Eruption Update - December 16th, 2014

This video was made to show at the Pahoa Transfer Station for schoolchildren visiting to see the new lava flows. It gives a brief history of what happened up though November 2014.

 

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NASA | Fermi Helps Scientists Study Gamma-ray Thunderstorms - December 15th, 2014

 

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Why aliens probably exist - December 11th, 2014

 

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Inside Chernobyl: Rare footage from ruins left by worlds greatest nuclear disaster - December 5th, 2014

 

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ESA Rosetta: landing on a comet - November 7th, 2014

 

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Boyd Bushman - His Last Interview: A Documentary on Area 51 and UFOs over Tucson Arizona - October 8th, 2014

Shortly before Boyd Bushman passed away on August 7 2014 he was video recorded candidly speaking about his personal experiences with Area 51. UFOs. aliens and anti-gravity ideas. Boyd was a retired Senior Scientist for Lockheed Martin. His career spanned over forty years was awarded many patents and included work with defence Contractors Hughes Aircraft General Dynamics Texas Instruments and Lockheed Martin.

 

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A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 by Isao Hashimoto - October 8th, 2014

 

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Albert Einstein - The Quantum Theory - Documentary 2014 - September 18th, 2014

 

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Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea - September 5th, 2014

The eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano on August 29th, 2014. Captured by Phil McNamara.

 

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Man Dives into an Exploding Volcano - September 4th, 2014

Sam Cossman and George Kourounis guided by volcanic pioneers Geoff Mackely and Brad Ambrose become among the first explorers to step foot inside the worlds most dangerous and inaccessible volcano, Marum Crater. More people have visited the moon than the firey bottom of this spectacular and deadly place.

 

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Volcano Diver - September 4th, 2014

 

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How Europes borders changed over 2000 years - September 3rd, 2014

Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/m... Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet

 

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Inside the ISS - Expedition 38 Earth Observations - September 3rd, 2014

Watch along with Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio as they look at various cities across the globe from the vantage point of the Cupola on-board the International Space Station...

 

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Aerial Iceland volcano footage: Lava fountains huge smoke clouds - September 2nd, 2014

 

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Iceland volcano spews lava fountains of up to 100m (Bardarbunga eruption) - September 2nd, 2014

 

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NASA imagery shows a late summer -flurry of flares- bursting from the sun - September 1st, 2014

The sun produced a flurry of flares this week says NASA, unleashing over half a dozen in one day alone. Rough cut.

 

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Volcano Erupts In Mount Tavurvur Papua New Guinea Spewing Ash Lava - August 29th, 2014

Volcano Erupts In Mount Tavurvur Papua New Guinea Spewing Ash Lava [Incredible] Mount Tavurvur, Papua New Guinea Volcano, Erupts: CANBERRA, Australia A major volcanic eruption has occurred in Mount Tavurvur on Papua New Guineas East New Britain Island Incredible Photos Show Papua New Guinea Volcano Spewing Ash, Lava

 

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Tesla Tower video: Futuristic high voltage machine in lightning action near Moscow - August 20th, 2014

 

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The Earth - A Living Creature (The Amazing NASA Video) - August 12th, 2014

We ve all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video just released by NASAs Scientific Visualization Studio. Using real data this simulations volume-rendered clouds depict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China.

 

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We became ... Miami - July 15th, 2014

Images from the southeastern U.S. opposed this morning those in eastern Pelion - Greece. The sudden storm bore two water turbines over the Aegean Sea and the camera lens captured the spectacular sight.

 

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The laundry of the astronaut - July 4th, 2014

A worker at the Russian space training center, spread to dry forms of cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, the engineer of NASA Kathleen Rubins and the Japanese engineering Takuya Onishi who just finished their training that included simulated landing on water.

 

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Russia: See wave 3 meter to swallow beach in Odessa - June 27th, 2014

 

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Car temperature Athens - Greece (42 degrees Celsius) - June 26th, 2014

 

Massive twin tornadoes rip through Nebraska - June 16th, 2014

 

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Meteora - May 20th, 2014

 

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Blood Moon - Timelapse video: Total lunar eclipse turns moon red - April 15th, 2014

 

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Insane Himalayas Bus Ride - not for the faint hearted - March 29th, 2014

This video was shot when climbing up Himalayas in Bus ride and How much of Risk is involved to see Himalayan Mountains.

 

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European air traffic data visualization - March 10th, 2014

This data visualization was created from real flight data taken from a day in July 2013. It highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe - an operation which runs 24 x 7 x 365. NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation. With Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world. we play a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European airspace is as safe and efficient as it can be.

 

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Chris Hadfield Brushes his Teeth in Space - April 1st, 2013

 

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Ένας νέος μετράει τ άστρα - Εκπομπή της ΝΕΤ (ΕΣ ΑΥΡΙΟΝ) - March 10th, 2013

Ένας φωτογράφος διαφορετικός απο τους άλλους, ο Φάνης Ματσόπουλος, σε ηλικία μόλις 21 ετών, μας ταξιδεύει στα πέρατα του σύμπαντος αλλά και τα πιο ιδιαίτερα ελληνικά τοπία. Για τον Φάνη, η φωτογραφία ήταν και παραμένει ένα χόμπυ. Οι αστροφωτογραφίες του, όμως, έχουν ήδη δημοσιευτεί σε περιοδικά αστρονομίας. Το Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου, το Πλανητάριο στην Αθήνα, φιλοξένησε περισσότερες από 50 φωτογραφίες του σε μια μοναδική ατομική έκθεση, ενώ το έργο του έχει παρουσιαστεί και στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Αστροφωτογραφίας στο Νέο Δελχί της Ινδίας. Γνωρίζει άριστα να χειρίζεται και τα πιο «δύσκολα» τηλεσκόπια, περνώντας ατέλειωτες ώρες δίπλα τους για να βγάλει την πιο καλή αστροφωτογραφία. Δεν «ταξιδεύει» μόνο στον ουρανό. Λατρεύει τη φωτογράφηση αρχαιολογικών μνημείων και φυσικών τοπίων. Μεγάλη του αγάπη και η νυχτερινή φωτογραφία. Αν και φοιτητής ηλεκτρολογίας, ο Φάνης εξαφανίζεται για ολόκληρα μερόνυχτα με τη φωτογραφική μηχανή και την κιθάρα του, προκειμένου να καταγράψει τις ομορφιές της Ελλάδας με μια οπτική εναλλακτική. Συνδυάζοντας τέχνη και επιστήμη, είναι ο νεότερος --αναγνωρισμένος από επαγγελματίες- αστροφωτογράφος στη χώρα μας. Το ταξίδι του αυτό μοιράζεται μαζί μας σε ένα ξεχωριστό οδοιπορικό.

Εκπομπή ΕΣ ΑΥΡΙΟΝ ΤΑ ΣΠΟΥΔΑΙΑ Πορτραίτα του Αύριο:

 

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Meteorite hits Russia lighting sky - February 14th, 2013

People in the Urals in Russia have seen burning objects raining down from the sky after a meteorite exploded above the Earth. Eyewitnesses reported several blasts rocking the region and long trails of smoke in the air. MORE INFO + PHOTOS: http://on.rt.com/qn2v57

 

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How To Wash Your Hands In Space - January 31st, 2013

 

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The free-floating planet CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9 - November 14th, 2012

The attached video shows an artists impression of the free-floating planet CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFBDSIR_2149-0403)

 

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Santorini sees growth spurt - September 10th, 2012

In the south Aegean Sea the islands of Santorini have been showing signs of unrest for the first time in over half a century. Satellite data confirm that the islands have risen as much as 14 cm since January 2011.

http://www.esa.int/ell/ESA_in_your_country/Greece/Mhagma_synechhos_sygkentrhonetai_sta_sothikha_toy_ephaistehioy_tes_Santorhines

 

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Multi-Year Arctic Sea Ice Area - July 26th, 2012

The most visible change in the Arctic region in recent years has been the rapid decline of the perennial ice cover. The perennial ice is the portion of the sea ice floating on the surface of the ocean that survives the summer. This ice that spans multiple years represents the thickest component of the sea ice cover. This visualization shows the perennial Arctic sea ice from 1980 to 2012. The grey disk at the North Pole indicates the region where no satellite data is collected. A graph overlay shows the areas size measured in million square kilometers for each year. The 1980,2008, and 2012 data points are highlighted on the graph.

 

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NASA | Tour of the Moon - March 14th, 2012

 

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The History of the Universe in 10 Minutes - March 9th, 2012

A brief history of the universe from the big bang to the origin of mankind.

 

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Dispersion of radioactivity Chernobyl - May 22nd, 2011

 

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Japan Tsunami 2011 - March 11th, 2011

 

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Flu Attack - How A Virus Invades Your Body - October 23rd, 2009

 

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Star Size Comparison - February 8th, 2009

 

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The Jodrell Bank Song - April 14th, 2008

After 51 years as a focal point on the Cheshire skyline Jodrell Bank observatory faces potential closure due to cuts in funding.

 

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Traffic Jam without bottleneck - experimental evidence - March 5th, 2008

Experimental evidence for the physical mechanism of forming a jam. The Mathematical Society of Traffic Flow Yuki Sugiyama et al. New Journal of Physics 2008 Multimedia supplement.

 

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Scenario: supervolcano eruption in the US - October 25th, 2007

 

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KYOTO PROTOCOL - January 1st, 1998

 

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Challenger Disaster (Live on CNN) - January 28th, 1986

The Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes on its 10th flight during mission STS-51-L. The explosion occurred 73 seconds after liftoff and was actually the result of rapid deceleration and not combustion of fuel.

 

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Neil Armstrong One Small Step FIrst Walk on Moon - July 20th, 1969

 

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Properties of expanding universes - Hawking Stephen - March 15th, 1966

Hawking Stephen (1966). Properties of expanding universes (doctoral thesis) https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.11283

 

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Yuri Gagarin - First Human In Orbit - April 12th, 1961

 

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First IBM hard drive 5M - January 1st, 1956

1956. IBM ships the first hard drive in the RAMAC 305 system. Invented by Reynold Johnson was introduced in 1956. The drive holds 5MB of data at $10000 a megabyte. The system is as big as two refrigerators and uses 50 24-inch platters. It weighs over a ton.

 

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Solar Eclipse (1900) - the first moving image of an astronomical phenomenon - May 28th, 1900

The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed on 28 May 1900 by a famous magician Nevil Maskelyne while on an expedition by The British Astronomical Association to North Carolina. In 1898 he travelled to India to photograph an eclipse. He succeeded but the film can was stolen on his return journey home. It was not an easy feat to film. Maskelyne had to make a special telescopic adapter for his camera to capture the event. This is the only film by Maskelyne that we know to have survived. The original film fragment held in The Royal Astronomical Societys archive has been painstakingly scanned and restored in 4K by conservation experts at the BFI National Archive who have reassembled and retimed the film frame by frame. The film is part of BFI Players recently released Victorian Film collection viewers are now able to experience this first film of a solar eclipse since the event was originally captured over a century ago.

 

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