Dance of the Planets 2013 begins May 24th in the evening sky

Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter "dance" in the evening sky

OMG! Is that a tightly packed cluster of alien ships invading our atmosphere? Relax, it’s just one of nature’s astronomical treats for those who take the time to look up into the evening sky. The Dance of the Planets is when Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury will all appear to be very close to each other and change positions every day, as if dancing.

Don’t miss the debut of Comet PanSTARRS this week

Comet PanSTARRS

2013 has been unofficially dubbed “The year of the comets”. The first of those comets has been putting on a show in the Southern Hemisphere recently, and is not making it’s debut in the Northern Hemisphere. The new comet was expected to be dimming in brightness in late February, but as it swings nearer to the sun it is luckily brightening again!

Asteroid passes between the Earth and moon today

asteroid 2013 EC between Earth and moon

Remember that asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago? An asteroid around that same size passed just inside the moon’s orbit of Earth earlier this morning — and astronomers only discovered it two days ago. Yikes. The Asteroid, creatively named “2013 EC”, is between 10 and 17 […]

Is the Giza pyramid planetary alignment real or fake?

Alleged Giza pyramid planetary alignment

The cosmos is an awe-inspiring, unbelievable, and wondrous thing – which makes it easy to be spoofed. But is the planetary alignment with the pyramids at Giza, alleged to take take place on December 3rd, 2012, a hoax or a truly rare astronomical event? Well, both – sort of.

Why care about reducing energy usage? [Infographic]

why conserve energy usage

By saving energy in your home, you could be essentially saving the world. As humans, we tend to abuse resources and fail to act efficiently by nature. By looking at the amount of carbon dioxide we produce, you can see just how this impacts the Earth’s health. China is the top CO2 producer in the […]

Beautiful (but terrifying) solar eruption caught on video

Magnificent CME eruption

Just in case you forgot, the cosmos can take us out any time it wants. On August 31st, a long section of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the “corona,” erupted out into space. This “coronal mass ejection” traveled at 900 miles per second. Yikes. Maybe the sun was mad that the blue moon was getting all the attention.

Once in a blue moon, which is on August 31st, 2012

2012 blue moon

Wonderful and amazing things seem to happen “once in a blue moon”. Fortunately, that is actually about every two and half years. And the next one is Friday, August 31st. A blue moon, at least in modern days, is the term given to the second full moon in calendar month. This lunar timing only occurs once every two and a half years or so.

The chemistry of fireworks [VIDEO]

fireworks chemistry

It never fails. Around the environmental world this time of year — the 4th of July (Independence Day, in the U.S.) — you see countless articles about how terrible fireworks are for your health, the environment, etc. But you know what? Fireworks just.plain.rock. There, I said it. I — founder of Eco-Snobbery Sucks — will […]

Dueling Banjos on Tesla coils [VIDEO]

Dueling Banjos on Tesla coils

When Nikola Tesla invented Tesla coils, he probably didn’t imagine an epic dueling banjo battle being played out on his high current electrical transimtters, but that hasn’t stopped it from happening. The thing that really is cool about this is that the arcs coming from the Tesla coils are NOT simply responding to the music, […]

Plastic bottles turned solar light bulb for lesser-privileged communities

liter of light solar bulb

Imagine having to live in a dark home, even in the daytime. Thousands of households in both urban and rural areas in countries like the Philippines have no access to electricity and light. Even when they do, low-income families are unable to afford skyrocketing electric expenses. According to the National Electrification Commission, 3 million households […]