You’ve Got a Rare Chance to See a Huge Asteroid Fly by Earth This Week. Here’s How

In a slow-moving universe, asteroids give us a rare opportunity to see how things move in real time. Such a chance comes to us on the evening of Tuesday, January 18, when the 1.1-kilometer asteroid (7482) 1994 PC1 travels 1.23 million miles (1.98 million kilometers) from Earth. This is about five times the distance from … Read more

Huge Tonga underwater volcano eruption captured in stunning satellite video

A powerful eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga on Saturday (January 15th) was filmed as it happened in stunning images from a satellite observing the Earth, showing the enormous power of an explosive event in the South Pacific. The eruption of the volcano on the island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai is visible as a … Read more

A Common Virus Can Trigger Multiple Sclerosis, According to Huge New Study

Multiple sclerosis – an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord – can occur after infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). According to the clinical source UpToDate, it is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of people become infected with EBV, also called human herpesvirus 4, by adulthood. In children, the virus usually … Read more

Huge Mars Dust Storm Sends NASA’s InSight Lander Into Safe Mode

This illustration shows NASA’s Mars InSight lander on the surface of Mars. Credit: NASA Lender has taken energy-saving measures; the engineers plan to return to normal operation next week.OURThe InSight lander is stable and sends health data from it Mars to Earth after entering safe mode on Friday, Jan. 7, following a major regional storm … Read more

Walking on a carpet of HUGE calcite crystals (Moriglion di Penna, Lucca, Italy) – Geology is the Way

While teaching at the Geology Course in Pisa, I used to tell students, “The best way to learn to recognize minerals is to start with large samples.” I think we are exaggerating here. Climb the mountain Moriglion di Penna on a windy May. Some time ago, under stress due to quarantine, restrictions and the like, … Read more