If you’re inside on Tumblr instead of outside watching the lunar eclipse, we feel obliged to notify you that, thanks to NASA and the Internet, you can see the view from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama without leaving your computer.
Here, science reporter Deborah Netburn explains just what a “blood moon” is, exactly. We’ll be filling up this photo gallery as the night goes on. And if you’d like to see a bigger version of the infographic up top, you’ll find it on our science blog.
The movements of a newly discovered dwarf planet beyond Pluto’s orbit, dubbed 2012 VP113, suggest that a mysterious frontier of the solar system may include a planet much larger than Earth.
Experts say the discovery could lead scientists to rewrite our understanding of the fringes of our solar system.
Top images: The motion of 2012 VP113 clearly stands out compared with the steady state background stars and galaxies in these images, which were taken about two hours apart. Credit: Scott S. Sheppard / Carnegie Institution for Science. Bottom image: The three images combined into one to show the positions of 2012 VP113. Credit: Scott S. Sheppard / Carnegie Institution for Science.
Meet Semirostrum ceruttii, the owner of the largest underbite ever found on a mammal. These now-extinct porpoises lived off the coast of California, and fossils have been found dating from 1.5 million to 5.3 million years ago.
Images: Artists’ reconstructions of the Semirostrum ceruttii. Top image: Pat Lynch / Yale. Bottom image: Bobby Boessenecker
This is the true story of 14 tiger sharks, six Galapagos sharks, five sandbar sharks, five bluntnose sixgill sharks and a prickly shark, picked to swim in the ocean and have their lives taped to find out what happens when sharks stop being polite and start getting real.
Video: American Geophysical Union
Astronomers using NASA’s NuSTAR X-ray telescope have mapped out the radioactive elements in a supernova for the first time.
Video: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
It took 192 lasers and a building big enough to contain three football fields, but physicists have finally produced a pair of nuclear fusion reactions that created more energy than was in the fuel to start with.
Image: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The cost of the anti-vaccine backlash
Columnist Michael Hiltzik brings attention to a startling manifestation of the anti-vaccination movement: The return of illnesses like the measles and whooping cough in countries that had previously beaten them to the curb.
Above is a visualization of outbreaks of measles (in red) and whooping cough (green).
Graphic: Council on Foreign Relations
What you’re looking at right now are some of the earliest galaxies ever observed by human eyes, dated to just 500 million years after the big bang.
Science reporter Amina Khan has the full story on these crazy astronomical spirals here.
The Last Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour
Space Shuttle Endeavour has retired from service, and for the moment NASA is reliant on Russian rockets to keep the International Space Station stocked up and operating. NASA is developing a replacement for the Shuttle – the Orion CEV – but for the moment, lets take a look at the Shuttle and remember the many years of sterling service it has given us.
Image credit: Dan Winters
Some incredible photos, and another reminder of the Endeavour’s victory lap around Los Angeles before settling down in the California Science Center.
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Greetings from the new Space Race
So long, Russia vs. U.S. galactic rivalry: With NASA hobbled by budget cuts, the pool of nations vying for the top spot beyond the Earth has grown to dozens of countries, punctuated by China’s recent success on the moon.
It was a moment of national pride when images of the six-wheel rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were transmitted live back to Earth, showing the redand gold Chinese flag on the moon for the first time.
"Now as Jade Rabbit has made its touchdown on the moon surface," the state-run Xinhua news agency said, "the whole world again marvels at China’s remarkable space capabilities."
Find out who’s looking to challenge Russia and China in the new race to space here.
Photos: Xinhua / AFP
As confirmed by the British Medical Journal, James Bond is a bit of a booze hound.
The six-sided weather pattern currently sitting atop the planet’s north pole, which contains a gigantic hurricane - has been raging since 1981.