Shockwaves From WWII Bombing Raids Reached the Edge of Space, Scientists Report

As if the devastating effects of bombs dropped on European cities during the Second World War weren’t terrible enough, a surprising new study shows that the shockwaves produced by these bombing raids reached the edge of space, temporarily weakening the Earth’s ionosphere. Read More >>

Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days

Venus might seem rather Earthly, given its similar size and presence of a thick, carbon dioxide-filled atmosphere. But the more scientists observe it, the more surprises the second planet from the Sun throws at us. Read More >>

Thousands of Amateur Radio Operators Measured the Solar Eclipse’s Effects on the Atmosphere

Astronomers and space fans may have set up lawn chairs outside to watch the eclipse, but Nathaniel Frissell set up his ham radio. As the sky dimmed and daylight turned into an uncanny dusk, the reports started coming in: Communication was dying off over the 20 meter (14 MHz) radio band. Read More >>

What the Hell is This Beautiful Thing?

Meet Steve, a newly discovered atmospheric phenomenon that’s so strange it still doesn’t have a formal scientific description, hence the placeholder name. Thanks to the work of aurora enthusiasts and atmospheric scientists, we’re now learning more about Steve, but many questions remain. Read More >>

We Finally Know How London’s Famous Killer Fog Formed

On 5th December 5th 1952, a veil of fog rolled over the city of London. It was the start of the deadliest air pollution disaster in British history, and more than 60 years later, an international team of chemists has figured out why. Read More >>

Sorry Folks, Chemtrail Conspiracies Are Bullshit

Those condensation trails in the sky left by aircraft are common, and most of us wouldn’t notice them, but for some, they’re the mark of a secret large-scale spraying program by the government. Well, surprise, no such thing exists (or so the CIA wants you to think). At least, according to science. Read More >>

The Atmosphere of Venus is More Terrifying

Add this to the list of reasons Venus is a blistering hellscape: not only is the surface hot enough to melt lead, where sulphuric acid rainstorms burn gaping holes in your partially melted spaceship, it’s also got a monstrous electric wind that appears to have helped strip all the water out of the atmosphere. Good luck gardening in your cloud city. Read More >>

The Last Spot on Earth Just Passed a Historic Climate Milestone

On 23rd May, something extraordinary happened at the South Pole. For the first time in 4 million years, carbon dioxide concentrations cleared 400 parts per million (ppm). It’s the last climate-monitoring spot on Earth to pass the historic milestone. Read More >>

This Might Be the Weirdest Thing That’s Ever Happened to Earth’s Atmosphere

Life has been transforming Earth’s atmosphere since the first single-celled organisms evolved. But few instances of atmospheric terraforming compare with what went down 2.7 billion years ago, when air pressure seems to have plummeted to less than half of its current value. What could have caused the worldwide depressurisation? According to a new hypothesis, the culprit was nitrogen-hungry microbes. Read More >>

We Just Learned Something Crazy About the Atmosphere of Venus

Venus is a blistering hellscape of a planet that melts anything it comes in contact with, right? Not entirely. The data from the European Space Agency’s first mission to Venus is back, and with it comes some fascinating insights into our nearest neighbours atmosphere. It turns out, parts of Venus are very, very cold. Read More >>