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Flying with the world’s fastest bird

The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird – and in fact the fastest animal on Earth – when in its hunting dive. Amazing BBC video here.

Kepler finds 10 Earth-like exoplanets

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has identified 219 new exoplanet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star.

Space gardening

Future space outpost dwellers will need to grow plants for food and to recycle air and water. Here’s what scientists are learning about space farming from plants grown on the ISS.

Video: Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.

A ribbon of ammonia in Orion

Radio telescopes have detected a 50-light-year filament of star-forming gas, zigzagging its way through the northern portion of the Orion Molecular Cloud.

Milky Way over the Everglades

Watch this video, showing Earth spinning under the sky of the southern Everglades in Florida.

Video: Greenland’s thinning ice

The ice sheets are melting from both above and below, say scientists.

Dwarf star bends light, confirms Einstein

Awesome observation! Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the mass of a nearby white dwarf, as it bent the light of a more distant star.

Going to the beach? Watch this video

Rip currents – sometimes called by the misnomer rip tide – flow outward from beaches, sometimes faster than humans can swim. Here’s what to do if you get caught in one.

Your immune system in space

New video from NASA about studies looking at the effects of space travel on the human body’s immune system.

Denmark’s never-ending May twilights

Happening now in Denmark: “bright nights,” when the sun is never far below the horizon. Photographer and videographer Adrien Mauduit tells the story and provides stunning imagery.

See Ceres opposite the sun

Dawn mission specialists maneuvered the spacecraft into a special orbit, so that it could look down on Ceres’ famous bright spots from a position known to astronomers as opposition.

NASA camera views sunglint from Earth

You’d expect sunglint from an ocean or other body of water. But the camera caught some glints over land as well. A new NASA video explains how scientists solved the mystery.

Eta Aquarid over Mount Bromo

Cool short video of an early morning Eta Aquarid meteor over Mount Bromo in Indonesia, by Justin Ng. Take a few seconds and enjoy!

Video teaser: Noctilucent cloud season

Noctilucent clouds – aka night-shining clouds – can be seen at high latitudes in summer, typically beginning for northern latitudes in late May. French photographer Adrien Mauduit in Denmark assembled his best 2016 photos into a wondrous video.

Why did Tsavo lions eat people?

In 1898, a pair of lions ate 135 people at a railroad camp in Kenya. Scientists have analyzed microscopic wear on the lions’ teeth to find out why.

X-ray tsunami in Perseus galaxy cluster

Not so very long ago or far away in astronomical terms, a near-miss between titanic galaxy clusters might have set into motion an immense wave of hot gas.

What happens in 1 minute

Just for fun, take 60 seconds to check out this new video from the guys at AsapSCIENCE.

Earth clouds from space

New from NASA, a short video tour of unusual and beautiful clouds observed from space.

Video: Close-approach comets

ScienceCast video from NASA about comets passing near Earth in 2017 and 2018, and about how scientists are studying them. Plus photos from our community!