During a field study in Macedonia last year scientist found this dead nose-horned viper (8 inches) had consumed this centipede (Scolopendra cingulate, 6 inches) but it greatly under-estimated its prey. Though it is not uncommon for snakes like this one to eat small mammals, lizards, birds and sometimes even centipedes; this centipede was a lot stronger. Scientist found that the snake was missing its visceral organs, which means the centipede destroyed them while trying to claw its way out. The entire volume of the snake’s body was occupied by the centipede.
Apollo 16 astronaut John Young examines a sample while on the move during a geology field trip to Mono Crater, California, June 1971.
US releases images showing Russian rockets hitting Ukraine
Photo: Image released by the US State Department showing what it says is evidence of Russia firing artillery into eastern Ukraine. (via US State Department)
You think you know but you have no idea.
- "Shooting stars" are actually meteors. People once thought they were stars falling from the sky. These tiny grains of dust glow brightly in Earth’s atmosphere because they’re traveling so fast that they release a tremendous amount of energy.
- Meteorites can be huge or tiny. The biggest one ever found weighs around 60 tons, while others are the size of a grain of sand.
- All meteorites come from inside our solar system. Most of them are fragments of asteroids that broke apart long ago in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter.
- Small pieces of the Moon occasionally reach Earth as meteorites. We know where they come from because they’re identical in composition to the lunar rocks collected by Apollo astronauts.
- Certain “primitive” meteorites contain the first solid material to form in our solar system. Researchers have used the age of this material—4.568 billion years—to determine the age of our solar system.
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