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Listen to Saturn interact with its moon Enceladus in deep space

Enceladus and Saturn.Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech  By Miriam Kramer2018-07-09 22:27:37 UTC A planet and its moon are getting chatty in deep space.  A new video from NASA shows off the complicated interactions between plasma waves moving from Saturn to its moon Enceladus and back.  The new video, produced by converting plasma wave data into sound waves, shows that the plasma actually moves along magnetic field lines, like energy moving between the two

Scientists finally witness the birth of a planet—and here's the photo

Awww, isn’t it cute?Image: ESO/A. Müller et al. By Rayne Ellis2018-07-02 22:01:13 UTC For the first time, astronomers captured a clear image of a young planet forming around a star.  It was captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.  You can see the young planet, named PDS 70b, as a bright ball to the right of the center of the

NASA shares the story of how a SpaceX launch completely melted this poor camera

That… probably isn’t going to function anymore.Image: nasa/bill ingalls By Adam Rosenberg2018-05-27 21:42:53 UTC On May 22, a SpaceX rocket launch left one poor, seemingly high-end camera horribly disfigured and forever ruined. Now, NASA has shared the specifics of what happened. Bill Ingalls, the space and aeronautics agency’s photographer, is the one who was tasked that day with capturing the launch. But even his 30 years of experience couldn’t have

Antibiotic use skyrockets globally, stoking fears of tough 'superbugs'

A colony of bacteria.Image: Getty Images/Vetta By Mark Kaufman2018-03-26 22:20:26 UTC Antibiotics made their big debut during World War II, when the U.S. pumped out increasingly potent doses of penicillin to successfully combat bacterial infections in troops. These antibacterial drugs have been hugely effective in the seven decades since, but there’s a consequence: The more that antibiotics are consumed, the more resistant infectious bugs become to these drugs, possibly giving

Volcano in Indonesia unleashes massive explosion

Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra Island on Feb. 19, 2018.Image: TIBTA PANGIN/AFP/Getty Images) By Andrew Freedman2018-02-19 23:32:51 UTC Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has been erupting for about the past five years now, displacing tens of thousands as it sends debris flows toward populated areas. On Feb. 19, the volcano unleashed a far more explosive eruption that vaulted smoke and ash more than 25,000 feet into

Scientists have discovered spiders with tails because nightmares are real

Image: University of Kansas/KU News Service By Mark Kaufman2018-02-05 22:48:04 UTC Around 100 million years ago, oozing tree sap poured over hundreds of tiny spiders, killing and preserving the critters in hardened amber.  Recently, miners in northern Burma pulled this ancient amber out of a quarry. Chunks of it were purchased by paleontologists, who found in the amber many well-preserved spiders — some of them with long, almost scorpion-like tails.

We should all watch SpaceX attempt its 20th rocket landing

A Falcon 9 rocket coming in for a landing in Florida.Image: spacex By Miriam Kramer2017-12-11 23:32:01 UTC I get nervous every single time I watch a rocket launch. And as a space reporter, I watch a lot of rocket launches. In all, I’ve probably seen more than 50 launches in person or online, and every single time I get sweaty palms and that tell-tale anxious feeling in the pit of

Watch astronaut Scott Kelly's first moments on Earth after a year in space

By Miriam Kramer2017-11-14 00:08:56 UTC When NASA astronaut Scott Kelly came back down to Earth after spending a year on the International Space Station, the first thing he did was take a deep breath of cold air.  “Crisp coldness of the air is quite refreshing. And not only fresh, but [it does] not [have a] Space Station smell to it,” Kelly said in a clip from Beyond a Year in

Watch the moon's shadow slide across the U.S. from space

By Andrew Freedman2017-08-21 22:19:03 UTC Thanks to the millions who witnessed and photographed the total solar eclipse on Monday, we’re quite familiar with what the event looked like from the ground.  But what did it look like from space? Thankfully, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is testing out its latest weather satellite, known as GOES-16, which launched in November of 2016. The agency put the satellite to use