Monthly Archives: December 2016

Day 1: 2016’s hottest Earth news

The passing of an old year into a new year is always a great time to review what happened to determine what we will take with us in the future. Another year around the sun for Earth means another year of milestones for life on Earth. These are my picks of some of the Earth’s most memorable moments in 2016.

  •  The New York Times compiled a list of their favorite climate change articles. The topics include our track record of the “hottest years on record”, how to counter climate change denial by ‘being nice’, a heart-warming story about a small English town whose goal is to reduce their carbon footprint collectively, and the beautiful mission of NASA Earth, which monitors the changes our planet has been undergoing.
  • The PAN-STARRS project at the University of Hawaii has released the world’s largest digital sky survey in December, 2016. Aside from creating a breath-taking photograph of the night sky, which was taken over 4 years and would measure a mile and a half if printed out in full resolution, the data is entirely available to the public.
  • PanSTARRS Sky Survey

    This view of the entire sky visible from Hawai’i by the Pan-STARRS1 Observatory is the result of half a million exposures, each about 45 seconds in length, taken over a period of 4 years. The shape comes from making a map of the celestial sphere, like a map of the Earth, but leaving out the southern quarter. The disk of the Milky Way looks like an arc, and the dust lanes show up as redish brown filaments. The backgound is made up of billions of faint stars and galaxies. If printed at full resolution, the image would be 1.5 miles long, and you would have to get close and squint to see the detail. Credit: Danny Farrow, Pan-STARRS1 Science Consortium and Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestial Physics

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