Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Boaters From Idaho’s Salmon River by REUTERS


Rescue teams scrambled for a fourth day to evacuate dozens of rafters and campers from a popular stretch of Idaho’s Lower Salmon River threatened by a massive wildfire on Monday, even as a cooling trend helped crews battling flames in the Pacific…

Published: August 31, 2015 at 02:29PM

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Hurricane Ignacio Rapidly Weakens, Moves Away From Hawaii by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


The skies were clear and seas relatively calm Monday on Hawaii’s Big Island as Hurricane Ignacio rapidly weakened and moved farther from the state.

Published: August 31, 2015 at 08:52AM

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M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda’s image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including exactly how long it will before it collides with our home galaxy. via NASA http://ift.tt/1Eq99t1

Obama Renames Mount McKinley as Denali on Eve of Alaska Trip by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of the president’s historic visit to Alaska.

Published: August 30, 2015 at 01:02PM

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