All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Earth’

Earth Facing Sixth Mass Extinction

The Earth may be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, due to human activity, according to the academic journal Science. The Earth’s most recent mass extinction event occurred roughly 65 million years ago, when an asteroid wiped out 75% of all existing species, including the dinosaurs. Commenting on the progression of Earth’s present defaunation, or loss of species, …

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Asteroid Near Earth Is “Disconcerting” For Experts

“What would you do if an asteroid were about to hit Earth?” You know, there’s a lot of “doom-porn” circulating about this near-earth asteroid due to whiz by Sunday morning. And that’s alright; a little rational fear helps spur us into action so that we can seek a logical solution. So should you be scared out of your mind about …

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‘The Beast’ Asteroid Set to Pass Earth on June 8th

On Sunday, June 8th, an asteroid nicknamed “The Beast” will approach uncomfortably close to the Earth – 3.25 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, to be exact. The passing is uncomfortable for a couple of reasons: 1) Any space object nicknamed “The Beast” should be fear inducing no matter how close it is; and 2) The massive …

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Earth Hour: Throwing Shade At Poor Or Good Cause?

The lights went out over many of the globe’s major landmarks last night. From the Great Wall of China and pyramids of Egypt to the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben, there was worldwide participation in the name of the annual trend called Earth Hour. Initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature in 2007, the act is meant to be …

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Asteroid 2014: Cosmic Monster Missed Earth This Morning

A couple million miles may not sound like much of a “close call” with an asteroid. But compare it to the vast and empty light years upon light years surrounding this oxygenated rock ball we ride around on in infinite space, and 1.6 million miles isn’t much wiggle room between us and a structure racing past at 27,000 miles per …

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Winter Solstice: Prepare For A Really Long Night

Saturday night, Dec. 21st will be the longest night of the year — it will be Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that North America will get only 9 hours and 32 minutes of sunshine as the night stretches on for more than 14 hours of darkness. The solstice will begin at 12:11 p.m. on Saturday. During this …

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8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way

The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks zone,” the area around a sun where a planet’s orbit is neither too hot nor too cold for life. A …

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Saturn Moon Titan Has Something Earth Needs

Our solar system seems to be shrinking. Planning on moving to Mars? The idea sounded crazy in the past; however, recent strides show that this may become a reality within the near future. Now evidence has surfaced that a moon within our solar system has more in common with Earth than what may have been originally thought. One of Saturn’s …

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Life on Earth Can Last At Least Another 1.75 Billion Years

In a new study conducted at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, researchers have estimated that the earth will be able to support life for another 1.75 to 3.25 billion years, unless there’s a nuclear holocaust, a planet-killing asteroid event, or some other errant catastrophe in the interim. What will inevitably do earth in are astronomical forces …

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Google Earth Timelapse Imagery Called ‘Most Comprehensive’ Of Planet Ever

Google has made it possible for Internet users to look at historical imagery of the Earth’s surface over time. The company has been working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME on the Timelapse project, and is releasing over twenty-five years worth of imagery of Earth taken from space, compiled into interactive timelapse experiences. Google says it’s the …

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Earth Day 2013 Celebrated with Interactive Google Doodle

For Earth Day 2013, Google is celebrating with an interactive doodle that lets you experience much of what nature has to offer – in animated form, of course. Google’s Earth Day doodle lets you change the seasons, weather, moon, and more. “Today we are celebrating Earth Day with an interactive doodle that captures a slice of nature’s subtle wonders. We …

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Radiation Belt Around Earth Discovered by NASA

NASA this week revealed that its Van Allen Probes have discovered a third radiation belt around the Earth. Before now, the Earth’s Van Allen belts were thought to be two belts of radiation surrounding the planet. The newly discovered belt of radiation was observed for four weeks before a shockwave from the sun blew it apart. The new belt could …

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