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    Shireen Gonzaga
    A faint, fuzzy galaxy located along our line of sight to a bright orange star.

    Mirach is guide star to 3 galaxies

    Mirach, a bright star in the constellation Andromeda, is often used by stargazers to locate the Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and a galaxy known as Mirach’s Ghost (NGC 404).

    Close-up view of an egg resting on the feet of a male emperor penguin.

    Emperor penguins are good dads

    On this Father’s day, a special shout-out to one of the most exceptional dads in nature, emperor penguins. They endure the harshest winter conditions on Earth for their offspring.

    A watercolor painting showing three dinosaur embryos at different developmental stages.

    Powerful X-ray imaging reveals new details of dinosaur embryos in eggs

    To look at dinosaur embryos entombed inside 200 million year old fossil eggs, scientists used powerful X-rays to create detailed images. They wanted to see how these embryos compared to those of modern-day dinosaur relatives.

    A artist impression of the temperate forest showing lush vegetation in swampy terrain and a river.

    A rainforest in Antarctica during the age of dinosaurs

    A temperate rainforest once flourished in Western Antarctica, just 560 miles from the South Pole, 90 million years ago.

    Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano is erupting

    Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) volcano began erupting last night – Friday, April 10, 2020 – according to clocks in Indonesia. The eruption is not thought to be major, although it’s the longest eruption since 2018. Webcams and satellites caught its awesome beauty.

    Coronavirus testing site in Philadelphia.

    EarthSky’s essential coronavirus links

    Updated April 9, 2020. African Americans more likely to get COVID-19. What’s next after stay-at-home orders are lifted? Worries about a global “poverty tsunami.” Coronavirus arrived in New York from Europe. Tweets from the frontlines. More.

    More essential coronavirus links March 24-April 2

    A roundup of information from physicians, scientists and journalists about the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Daniel Field appears blur in background while the tiny skull replica appears in focus.

    Wonderchicken fossil casts new light on bird evolution

    The oldest known bird fossil, from the age of dinosaurs, has skull features similar to modern chickens. The scientists who found it have nicknamed it “Wonderchicken.” It’s providing valuable insights into the evolution of birds.

    A view of the valley from the excavation site.

    Ancient humans in India survived Toba super-volcano eruption

    The Toba super-volcano eruption 74,000 years ago was 5,000 times larger than that of Mount St. Helens. Somehow, ancient human populations in India survived it.

    Excavation site at Shanidar Cave.

    New Neanderthal bones found at famous Shanidar Cave

    The newly found bones were close to the site of the famous ‘flower burial’ in Shanidar Cave, which overturned notions of Neanderthals as brutish subhumans and suggested they buried their dead.