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Astronomers catch a comet outburst

Remember comet 46P/Wirtanen? It was a bright comet about this time last year. Around the time it swept near the Earth and sun, the comet entered the field of view NASA’s TESS planet-hunter. And boom! It underwent an outburst, caught by TESS.

Get ready for the Venus-Saturn conjunction

Venus and Jupiter had a spectacular conjunction last month. Soon, Saturn and Venus will meet in the west after sunset. Guy Ottewell offers insights and charts to prepare you for this encounter between worlds.

Climate Change Is Accelerating: ‘Things Are Getting Worse’ – The New York Times

More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all things, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up, season after season….

Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change – The New York Times

More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all things, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up, season after season….

Take a tour of 11 White House Christmas trees

Over the years, myriad styles have been used to decorate the tree that annually graces the Blue Room of the White House, the official White House Christmas tree. Historians aren’t exactly clear when the first tree was put up in…

What's wrong with batteries?

We are a country that loves our electronic gadgets, but when it comes to keeping them charged, it gets complicated. The Sierra Club estimates about 5 billion batteries are purchased in the United States every year, but less than 10%…

Mystery of the solar-powered ghost ship that washed ashore 3 years ago finally solved

When you live along the coast, you get accustomed to seeing some bizarre things wash ashore. Here’s one thing you’re not likely to forget, however: a solar-powered caravan-type houseboat, with no sign of a crew. Three years ago, that’s exactly…