If you want to learn about science, space and astronomy the internet could be your best friend. The SETI Institute have their equivalent to TED Talks Science. Free science lectures not only about finding life in the universe but also about space exploration and astronomy in general. Great educational material by astronomers available for everyone. At the moment they have nearly 200 lectures.
Viking mythology says that there will be a long winter before Ragnarök, the end of the world. Long as three normal winters but with no summer in-between. After that winter there would be war. Maybe this Fimbulwinter really happened and inspired the mythology? In the year 536 there was a volcano eruption covering the sky and blocking the sun (and probably another eruption 540). Harsh years followed and crops failed. A lot of people died, not just in the Nordics. We’re just learning more about this event.
Last summer we followed New Horizons visiting Pluto. Now NASA is at it again. The Juno Mission will reach Jupiter on 4th of July. It will not just fly by but orbit Jupiter for more than a year. You can follow the adventure at NASA or Space.com among other sites.
Supercomputers are used to simulate the universe from Big Bang to present day. The Illustris Project is the biggest virtual universe yet. It took years to program it and the system was completed in 2014. Data from the project was released in 2015. Data from the simulation is now compared to real life observations.