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Watching Earth From Space Is the Perfect Way to Fall Asleep

Tune into a far-away view of our big blue planet while calming music plays to soothe our ragged nocturnal souls. Was the secret to falling asleep in outer space all along?

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Watch This Incredible, Year-Long Time-Lapse Video of the Earth and Also Learn Some Science

No matter how many people on the Internet would like to convince you otherwise, the Earth is a giant ball spinning through space at very high speeds, which makes it particularly difficult to photograph. NASA is up to the challenge, though, and this amazing time-lapse video shows a static view of the Earth from space (which will probably spawn some conspiracy theories in itself) over the course of a year and just might teach you a little science.

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Yes, This Is a Real, Gorgeous Image of the Earth Over the Moon’s Horizon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been observing the Moon close-up for over five years, but all science aside, this picture is one heck of an achievement on its own. Looking just about as fake and alien as any other picture taken on the giant space rock that flies around our heads and stabilizes our planet, this is the Earth over the Moon's horizon.

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See the Earth’s Rotation as Never Before With New NASA Imagery From 1 Million Miles Away

It's like humanity's collective selfie machine.

Our organic spaceship is pretty impressive while we're right here standing on it, but just how majestic does it really look spinning through the black void of space if we could see it from a distance? Immeasurably so, it turns out, in new imagery from NASA.

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Spinning Earth Graphic Shows That Our Planet’s Gravity Isn’t Uniform

Do George Clooney and Sandra Bullock know about this?

The Potsdam Gravity Potato (real thing) isn't actually what the Earth would look like without water, but it's a great reminder that our seemingly solid and uniform planet is actually a strange and alien place in its own way.

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Have Aliens Watched Mr. Belvedere Yet? Will They Ever?

Or, more importantly, the original Wonder Woman TV show??

"Interstellar STIs," is a quote from this video you should watch.

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But What If the Earth WAS Flat?

Don't tell Christopher Nolan about this.

Vsauce's newest episode has some great stuff for your brain to munch on. What would life on a flat disk Earth be like?

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Your Scientific Chart Porn For The Day: A Spiralling Geological Timeline Of Earth’s 4.5 Billion Years

Wibbly wobbly timey wimey!

Time is an illusion. Lunch time, doubly so. The timeline of our planet's 4.5 billion year geological history? Well you can just forget about making sense of that yourself, good sirs. What you need is a giant, elaborately detailed chart for that sort of thing.

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The Earth And Moon Have Totally Been Lying About Their Age, Are Actually 60 Million Years Older Than We Thought

Even older if you're a Young Earth creationist.

So you know that planet that crashed into Earth billions of years ago and formed the Moon? Geochemists who've been studying this phenomenon think that the impact occurred much earlier than we thought -- which means that the Earth and Moon are also older than we'd calculated.

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What Would Saturn Look Like If It Passed Into Earth’s Orbit? (Answer: Pretty Dang Awesome)

"S'up, Earth? Uranus and Neptune say hello."

Imagine that gravitational forces were completely irrelevant and Saturn just decided to pop by for a visit en route to the Sun. I don't know; maybe it wanted to go on a playdate with the Moon or something. I heard they're pretty tight. Anyway, this video is pretty mathematically accurate to what that encounter would look like.

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Kate Mulgrew To Narrate A Film About How The Sun Revolves Around The Earth Because Everything Sucks

Set phasers to sadness.

It's a sad day for fans of Star Trek Voyager : Captain Kathryn Janeway herself is lending her voice to a "documentary" about how the Sun revolves around the Earth and how NASA is leading a conspiracy to keep the truth away from us. Oh, boy.

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Science Has Found the Oldest Pieces of the Earth

Guys, these things are seriously older than dirt.

Unless you believe Jesus rode around on dinosaurs, the Earth is pretty darn old. It's hard to learn about the Earth's formation now that pretty much everything here has undergone massive changes since then, which is why scientists are so excited to have found the oldest surviving fragment of the Earth ever in the form of a tiny zircon crystal.

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The Curiosity Rover Snapped Its First Picture of Earth and Safely Crossed Into the Dingo Gap

A dingo did not eat our rover.

The Curiosity rover is a long way from home, boys and girls, and this shot of what the Earth looks like from where it is on Mars is a reminder of just how far that is. Across the cold, empty reaches of space, the rover has taken a picture of the home of all seven billion humans, and it looks like just a tiny speck.

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Good News, Everyone! The Sun Won’t Actually Die As Soon As We Thought

The bad news is that death, however slow its approach, continues to be inescapable.

We know you were all worried about the possibility of our  sun becoming too hot and eventually drying up all the Earth's oceans with its fiery wrath. Well, it's okay! You can all relax now. It's probably going to happen a few billion years later than we thought it would, so we have plenty of time to destroy the planet ourselves first.

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Here’s What The Earth And Moon Look Like As Seen By Juno Spacecraft [Video]

Just try not to get spacesick.

When the Juno spacecraft passed the Earth and Moon on the way to Jupiter, there were a bunch of cameras snapping pictures of our pale blue dot from space. Today NASA released video from the Advanced Stellar Compass (ASC), a low-light camera used as a navigation tool, that shows the Earth getting bigger and bigger as Juno zooms by.

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Watch NASA’s Live Stream of Upcoming 2014 Missions Right Here

NASA's having a live event for you to learn more about how they'll learn more about the Earth.

Get all the space you can handle directly from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today in a two-hour, live streaming event to discuss three upcoming Earth observation missions. The event runs from 1PM to 3PM EDT and will bring you information about the missions straight from the mouths of the engineers and scientists who work on them.

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Yes, It’s Possible the Earth Could Survive the Death of the Sun — Not Likely — but Possible

It's amazing what you learn by reading more than a headline.

On Wednesday we shared the latest video by AsapSCIENCE, a YouTube channel we love, that asked the question, "Can we survive the Sun's death?" It's an interesting video that concludes that it actually is possible, but the reaction by many Twitter users has been dismissive. We'll explain further, since they clearly didn't watch the video.

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AsapSCIENCE Explains What it Would Take To Survive the Sun’s Death in New Video

NBD. Just have to figure out how to move our entire planet.

The Sun is going to die. We have a billion years before that starts to happen, so how about we start planning for it now. In this video by AsapSCIENCE they explain what it would take for not only humanity, but the planet itself to survive the death of the Sun. They also introduced us to the Juno Mission, but more on that tomorrow.

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Are You in NASA’s Composite of Earthlings Waving to Saturn?

Please tell me one of these pictures is of Waldo.

On July 19th the Cassini spacecraft pointed itself at the Earth to snap a picture, and NASA encouraged everyone to smile, wave, and snap a photo of their own. Folks submitted more than 1,400 images from around the world. To says thanks, NASA made this lovely composite from the images. Can you find yourself?

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First Image of Saturn from Cassini Probe Is Available For Viewing, You Can’t Even See Any Of Us In It

That's OK. I'm pretty sure I was sneezing when they took this one anyway.

Remember how we told you to all stand outside your houses and wave at the sky between 5:27 and 5:42 EDT (2:27 to 2:42 PDT) on Friday afternoon, because NASA’s Cassini probe would be snapping a picture of Saturn in which Earth would be visible? Yeah, you probably didn't have to actually do that, because all we can see are little white dots, which is how we look in the photograph above. It's still a pretty cool picture, but we can't help thinking maybe you should have waved harder. Y'know. For science.

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