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Photo Of The Day: The Leonid Meteor Shower At Its Peak

Leonid Meteor Shower

One of the most anticipated annual meteor showers, the Leonid, can be seen the night of Nov. 17. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 17 and into the early morning hours of Nov. 18. According to the forecast, we’re in for a lighter load than usual, but there’s still definitely enough of a spectacle to warrant staying up past your usual bedtime. The Slooh Community Observatory will show the shower for free online starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, using live shots from four continents, but the best live view in most cases will be on a blanket, away from the lights and facing the east. Expect to see around 15 meteors per hour starting at midnight local time until dawn.

Here are three things you should know before watching the show:

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Inside A Black Hole: Six Surreal Things That Might Happen

Inside A Black Hole Rendering

At the center of most galaxies lies a massive black hole. Image Source: NASA

Only “seen” when swallowing up an unfortunate gas cloud or wayward star, black holes remain an enigma. With one of these bodies at the center of most galaxies—including our own—many scientists spend their whole careers trying to understand what happens to objects that become entrapped in their startling gravitational pull. Once in its grasp, an object can only escape if it manages to travel faster than the speed of light, a feat considered nearly impossible. Without any actual experimentation possible, researchers can only speculate as to what would happen if an astronaut ever went inside a black hole. Here are some of the leading theories:

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Video Of The Day: NASA’s Incredible Ultra-High Definition Video Of The Sun Leaves Us Speechless

NASA never ceases to amaze.

This week they released this ultra-high definition 4K video of the Sun, entitled “Thermonuclear Art.” The footage is comprised of a collection of images captured from a satellite from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

The SDO has been monitoring the Sun around-the-clock for five years, presenting not only solar scientists, but the world at large, with astounding information about the star’s daily movement.

In a news release, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center stated, “SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. Different temperatures can, in turn, show specific structures on the Sun such as solar flares, which are gigantic explosions of light and x-rays, or coronal loops, which are stream of solar material traveling up and down looping magnetic field lines.”

Set to Lars Leonhard‘s ethereal tracks, this video features some of the most remarkable footage ever of the Sun, and according to NASA, “presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.”

Enjoy this chance to view the Sun without damaging your eyes.

31 Inspiring Facts About Elon Musk, The Genius Determined To Change The World

Widely regarded as one of the brightest living minds, Elon Musk has long been at the forefront of pioneering technologies while pushing mankind to new frontiers in space travel. With his founding stake in PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, Musk has accumulated a net worth of over 13 billion dollars. Today, we share 31 inspiring facts about the wunderkind polymath:

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