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Amazing how much lightning can strike our planet in a short timeFlying from North Africa over Turkey towards Russia in this timelapse (this is speeded up; travelling about 5500 km would take around 10-12 minutes, covered here in 30 seconds).

Posted by Tim Peake on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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Astronaut Tim Peake posted a time lapse video from the International Space Station (ISS) that caught a particularly striking view of lightening as it flew over Earth. According to the caption, all these lightening strikes happened in a matter of minutes:

Flying from North Africa over Turkey towards Russia in this timelapse (this is speeded up; travelling about 5500 km would take around 10-12 minutes, covered here in 30 seconds).


As the ISS orbits the Earth astronauts living in the space station have the chance to take amazing time lapse video like this and others.

meteor death science Against All Odds, One Very Unlucky Man Became the First Person to Die by Meteorite Against All Odds, One Very Unlucky Man Became the First Person to Die by Meteorite
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Death by meteorite is a very, very uncommon way to go. Most objects from space disintegrate while entering the Earth's atmosphere. A man in Tamil Nadu, India may be the first person to actually be killed by a falling meteorite in at least 200 years, according to NDTV. Scientists are still analyzing the scrap of material that is believed to be the meteorite for confirmation.  The explosion from the impact also shattered windows in a nearby school building but everyone inside remained unhurt. 



A similar thing happened in Russia in 2013 and it was caught on film. You can see the meteor streaking through the sky on its way to strike a building. 

daddy longlegs penis fossils This Daddy Longlegs Trapped in Amber is Having a 'Hard' Time
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Have you ever wanted to see a 99 million-year-old spider penis? I bet you thought that wasn't even an option but here it is, preserved in amber:


Most spiders use a modified leg to procreate but the harvestman, also known as a Daddy Longlegs, has a special attachment for that sort of thing that is normally hidden inside the body of the spider. This ancient Daddy Longlegs is unique, he is the first to be found in such a 'passionate' stance and the shape and size of his baby maker has prompted researchers to declare a new family of arachnids based on this finding. 
NASA Spirit Rover Is There Life On Mars?
Via: iflscience
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It's more than just a weird shadow this time, planetary geologist Steven Ruff and geobiologist Jack Farmer have seen something on Mars that could indicate life was there.  NASA's Spirit Rover took the above image in 2008. They say that the 'cauliflower-like' deposits of minerals seen in this picture could have been formed by microbes. 

The area this photo was taken on Mars is thought to have been a center for hot springs and geyser activity.  The same kind of mineral shapes have been found in Atacama desert in Chile.  



The Atacama desert is often compared to the conditions on Mars and even used as a practice area by NASA for the real thing. 

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Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye to stargazers in the early mornings during February.  The last time this happened was in 2005 so it's a rare sight to see. According to the video, if you miss the event this February, you may be able to see the same thing in the evening sky this August. 

Uh... is no one else worried about this happening?: 

theia science moon Scientists Say the Moon Was Formed in a Head-On Collision Between Earth and a Forming Planet Called Theia
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An earlier theory used to be that the moon hit the Earth on the side (as in the video below) but this stunning image is a reconstruction by scientists who say that it was a head-on collision that caused the impact. 

Edward Young, lead scientist of this study told UCLA Newsroom that they drew this conclusion from the fact that the Earth and the Moon are overwhelmingly made of the same materials. 

“Theia was thoroughly mixed into both the Earth and the moon, and evenly dispersed between them,” Young said. “This explains why we don’t see a different signature of Theia in the moon versus the Earth.”
via ULCA Newsroom


Because It Was Bound to Happen, Neil deGrasse Tyson Responded to B.o.B. About the Flat Earth Thing
Via: neiltyson
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He even took time to explain the science behind a few examples of 'proof' of a flat Earth and why they are so, so wrong. 





UPDATE to the update, B.o.B. has just released a song aimed directly at Neil deGrasse Tyson and all about the flatness of Earth. NSFW Warning: This song contains a few words that are not appropriate for the scientific community.

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