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Why Pulsars Are So Bright

When pulsars were first discovered in 1967, their rhythmic radio-wave pulsations were a mystery. Some thought their radio beams must…

2 years ago

Every Time Lightning Strikes, Matter-Antimatter Annihilation Happens too

A new study from a team of Japanese researchers has shown that matter-antimatter annihilations happen as a result of lightning…

4 years ago

What Did Cassini Teach Us?

In just a few months, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is going to die, crashing into the planet Saturn. Let's look back…

5 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 424: Lightning

It turns out that nature figured out how to use electricity long before humans did. Lightning storms are common across…

6 years ago

What Causes Lightning?

Thunder and lightning. When it comes to the forces of nature, few other things have inspired as much fear, reverence,…

7 years ago

Rare Images of Red Sprites Captured at ESO

At the ESO's observatories┬álocated high in the Atacama Desert of Chile, amazing images of distant objects in the Universe are…

7 years ago

Astrophoto: Milky Way Rising Above Spectacular Lightning Display

Here's another beautiful astrophoto, courtesy of photographer Justin Ng from Singapore. He's currently on a photography trip to Malaysia and…

8 years ago

Navy Researchers Put Dark Lightning to the SWORD

Discovered "by accident" by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2010, dark lightning is a surprisingly powerful -- yet invisible…

9 years ago

Weird Gravity Waves Pulse From a Tropical Cyclone

Last Monday, May 13, the Suomi NPP satellite captured a fascinating image of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen as it moved northeast…

9 years ago

On the Hunt for High-Speed Sprites

A bright red sprite appears above a lightning flash in a photo captured from the ISS Back on April 30,…

10 years ago