Credit: NASA/JSC/Image Science and Analysis Laboratory
On June 12, 2009, the International Space Station happened to be passing over the Sarychev Volcano just as it was beginning to erupt. A newly released…Read More »
video based on several stunning snapshots taken by astronauts reveals the beauty and power of the erupting volcano.
Sarychev Peak, which rises to a height of 4,908 feet (about 1,500 meters), is the tallest peak on Matua Island in the northern part of the Kuril Islands, a Russian archipelago in the northwest Pacific Ocean. The volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, erupted in 1989, 1986, 1976 and 1946.
This weekend, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will square off at the …Read More »
Super Bowl, which is taking place this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. But before the players take the field, viewers will be treated to the cutest sporting event of the season.
Animal Planet will air the 10th annual Puppy Bowl before the Big Game on Sunday (Feb. 2), from 3pm to 5pm (ET/PT). The adorable event will also feature penguin cheerleaders, a "Fantasy Puppy League," and a half-time show with 30 kittens. At the end of the game, fans will crown the MVP, Most Valuable Puppy. Check local listings for more details. [Related Quiz: Puppy Love – Test Your Dog Breed Knowledge] Less «
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Haunting northern lights
Credit: Harald Albrigtsen
The northern lights dance across the sky, creating an ethereal glow that illuminates the darkness, in this jaw-dropping photo taken from Norway.
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Harald Albrigtsen snapped this dramatic shot of green-colored auroras on Jan. 9 from Kvaløya, a mountainous island in the Norwegian municipality of Tromsø.
A shark ray mom from the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky gave birth last Friday to seven pups, making her the first known shark ray to breed in captivity,…Read More »
according to the aquarium.
One of the pups, a little female, did not survive, but the rest did. “Sweet Pea” — the shark ray mom — now has three female pups and three males. One can only imagine that Sweet Pea is relieved … and tired. The birthing process took an arduous five hours.
Observing and photographing the features of the night sky is an awe-inspiring experience that so few people ever get to enjoy. The atmosphere of the night,…Read More »
the sights and sounds, are so very contrary from normal daytime hours that it is literally a different world — a radical world of diffused light, excessive shadows and noises that you will simply never see or hear when the sun is up. These existential awakenings always spark my inner child to marvel at the world again.
Water, water, everywhere, even deep inside the Earth. That's the outcome of collisions between the planet's grinding tectonic plates, according to a new…Read More »
At subduction zones, where one plate bends deep beneath another, the sinking plate acts like a conveyor belt, carrying more than an ocean's worth of water into the mantle — the layer beneath Earth's outer crust — over billions of years, researchers report in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Geology. Though the lifetime of a single subduction zone is much shorter than a billion years, the cumulative effect of all of Earth's subduction zones trundling water downward into the mantle means more water could be stored in the planet's deep layers than previously thought, the study researchers said in a statement.
The Colorado River took the easy route when it carved the Grand Canyon through Arizona's ruddy sandstones and pastel limestones, a new study claims. …Read More »
Instead of slicing through thousands of feet of unblemished rock, the Colorado River recycled ancient canyons, at least one of which was 70 million years old, researchers report today (Jan. 26) in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The remains of a bustling port and barracks for sailors or military troops have been discovered near the Giza Pyramids. They were in use while the pyramids…Read More »
were being built about 4,500 years ago.
The archaeologists have been excavating a city near the Giza Pyramids that dates mainly to the reign of the pharaoh Menkaure, who built the last pyramid at Giza. Also near the pyramids they have been excavating a town, located close to a monument dedicated to Queen Khentkawes, possibly a daughter of Menkaure. The barracks are located at the city, while a newly discovered basin, that may be part of a harbor, is located by the Khentkawes town.