We found a trip for every type of winter wanderer.
Take a train through Alaska’s winter wonderland
The Alaska Railroad operates year-round, connecting Anchorage and Fairbanks. Watch landscapes drenched in ivory, sapphire blue skies, and wild moose glide past your large windows from the warmth of the Aurora Winter Train. Spend a night in Fairbanks under the emerald glow of the aurora borealis, or get your adrenaline going in Anchorage with endless options for ice climbing, cross-country skiing, and dogsledding. Read more
Saved at four months old after his mother was hit by a car, George the wombat will eventually return to the wilds of Australia.
New South Wales
You’ve heard the saying dog is man’s best friend, but down in Australia, a wombat named George is proving otherwise.
George is an eight-month-old wombat who is absolutely smitten with his caretaker, Tim Faulkner. Faulkner is the general manager at the Australian Reptile Park, a zoo located in New South Wales, Australia, which took George in when he became an orphan. Read more
He coming month brings back-to-back meteor showers, the moon posing with planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky.
Moon and Venus — December 3
About a half hour to an hour after local sunset, the waxing crescent moon will dominate the southwest sky. A bright white “evening star, which is actually the planet Venus, will shine about seven degrees below the moon, making for a stunning pairing easily visible with the unaided eye. Read more
Scientists aren’t sure how many arapaimas are left but they think it is probably around 5,000, up from a low of around 800 in 2012.
One of the world’s largest, most endangered, and most mysterious freshwater fish has yielded a new surprise: a likely new species — and possibly several more — have been lurking in the backwaters of the Amazon.
New research published by National Geographic explorer Donald J. Stewart and colleagues L. Cynthia Watson and Annette M. Kretzer in the journal Copeia this week reveals strong genetic evidence for an unknown new species of arapaima that was found at several locations in southwestern Guyana. Read more