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An incredible animation by a planetary scientist shows how fast each planet spins by putting them in one giant globe

Jupiter's Great Red Spot zips around 2.4 times faster than Earth, while Venus spins so slowly you can't tell it's moving backwards.
A thick ring of space junk orbits Earth in this fanciful artist's concept of a "Kessler syndrome" event.

Billionaires plan to launch tens of thousands of new satellites. Experts are working hard to ensure this doesn’t lead to a disaster that ends hu...

Experts worry that debris orbiting Earth could lead to a "Kessler syndrome" domino effect that cuts off human access to space for hundreds of years.
Just like the near side of the moon, the far side cycles through day and night phases.

There is no permanent dark side of the moon, and this simple animation by a former NASA scientist explains why

The far side of the moon and the dark side are not the same thing. This animation shows how one is constantly moving, while the other never changes.
Referee Hugo Miguel throws a coin in the air before the UEFA Champions League Qualifier match between The New Saints and Apoel Nicosia on July 12, 2016 in Oswestry, UK.

Coin flips aren’t actually random. An app called Universe Splitter is, though — here’s how it works.

Though common wisdom says the outcome of a coin flip is random, it isn't. Physics can predict whether a quarter comes up heads or tails.
In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a satellite image shows the far side of the moon as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft and the Earth, at one million miles away.

The moon has been drifting away from Earth for 4.5 billion years. A stunning animation shows how far it has gone.

The video shows how the moon reached its current position after starting as an orb of molten rock and magma hovering just above Earth.
A view of Earth taken by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera.

The first day of fall has arrived. Here’s how the equinox marks the changing of seasons.

The autumnal equinox happened at 3:50 a.m. ET on September 23, 2019. Here's how Earth and the sun work together to change our seasons.
A nuclear blast from Operation Teapot in 1955 at the Nevada Test Site.

Yes, a physicist once lit his cigarette with a nuclear-bomb explosion. Here’s how it worked.

A popular Reddit thread about an "atomic cigarette lighter" seems true. In 1952, the physicist Ted Taylor used a nuclear blast to ignite his smoke.
The first photos of quantum-entangled particles showing a Bell inequality.

A ‘spooky’ effect of physics that Einstein couldn’t believe has been photographed for the first time

The image may not look like much, but it shows a strange property of the universe called quantum entanglement.
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands next to a flag on the moon on July 20, 1969.

The American flags astronauts planted on the moon are disintegrating

The sun has likely bleached them all white and at least partly destroyed their fragile fibers, making them tattered and unrecognizable.
Matter Design's swiveling structures.

MIT researchers discovered a way to move objects as heavy as a great white shark with your bare hands. Take a look.

MIT researchers debuted a concept at TED 2019 that allows people to move massively heavy objects by hand.