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Photo: Hello Jupiter, thanks for stopping by

During the late night hours tonight, Jupiter will pass 368 million miles from Earth, which is its closest approach since 1963. It won’t be this close again until 2022. You won’t need a telescope to see it, as it will be the brightest light in the sky besides the moon. Coincidentally, Uranus will also be […]


Photo: To boldly go

On September 17, 1976, NASA publicly unveiled its first Space Shuttle Orbiter, Enterprise. It was originally planned to be named Constitution, but a write-in campaign by the fans of the popular TV show “Star Trek” urged the White House to name the shuttle after the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and most of […]


Photo: Happy Bicentennial, Mexico

A dancer performs during the bicentennial parade in Mexico City.


Photo: Flour child

A boy’s face is covered in flour after competing in the traditional “Las Chamcacas” game in Panchimalco, El Salvador.


Photo: Today in history, New Amsterdam became New York in 1664

New York City’s Pennsylvania Station in April 1962, two years before it was demolished.


Photo: Mount Sinabung erupts

Mount Sinabung releases volcanic ash into the sky in North Sumatra, Indonesia.


Photo: Earl from space

The view of Hurricane Earl from the International Space Station.


  An ocean of plastic

Plastic from around the world converges in a whirling gyre known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Nowhere is the impact of this floating landfill clearer than on the Midway Atoll, where albatross go to nest.

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