It’s time for another “Best” list!

I’ll be adding this list to I’m adding this post to ALL END-OF-YEAR “BEST” LISTS FOR 2020 IN ONE PLACE!

You can see all previous editions of this Science list, along with other Science-related “Best” lists, here  (Best lists on Planets & Space are here).

Let me know what I’m missing… This year’s Part Two list is much shorter than Part One:


Every Place Has Its Own Climate Risk. What Is It Where You Live? is a new interactive from The NY Times. You click on your county, and and it will least which climate challenges face your community. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

Every few months, The Weather Channel publishes an amazing “Immersive Mixed Reality” video about a natural disaster (you can see them all here). “Inside a Firenado” is their latest. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Forest Fires.


This is how NASA describes this new video:

As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around the Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years. This information has enabled countless new discoveries about the workings of our closest star and how it influences the solar system. With a triad of instruments, SDO captures an image of the Sun every 0.75 seconds. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument alone captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light.

This 10-year time lapse showcases photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun’s outermost atmospheric layer — the corona. Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes. The video shows the rise and fall in activity that occurs as part of the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle and notable events, like transiting planets and eruptions. The custom music, titled “Solar Observer,” was composed by musician Lars Leonhard.

I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space: