Parting of the Waters Natural Landmark is an unusual hydrologic site at Two Ocean Pass on the Continental Divide, within the Teton Wilderness Area of Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. This stream flows down from a plateau, and then squarely hits a ridge of ...
This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows how wind on Mars has cleaned much of the accumulated dust off the rover’s solar panels. With the cleaner panels and longer days as the Martian winter ...
Footage has emerged from a car’s dash camera showing a meteor exploding as it enters the atmosphere and lighting up the night sky over the Russian region of Murmansk. The bright object can be seen streaking ...
The astronauts aboard the international space station got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies delivered by SpaceX . The commercial SpaceX cargo ship, Dragon, is carrying 2.5 tons of cargo in its third resupply mission to the ISS. It’s payload includes some 150 experiments that range from growing plants efficiently in space to […]
A video shot by a drone of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) first test flight. F9R lifts off from a launch mount to a height of approximately 250m, hovers and then returns for landing just next to the launch stand. The F9R program is the next step towards reusability following completion of the Grasshopper program last year. […]
Just like a prism, our sky refracts light when sunlight passes through the frozen water vapor at high altitudes in the sky. Known as a “Sun Halo,” it is formed when suns rays are bent while entering cirrus clouds passing high up in the sky. These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos are caused by both […]
A 17ft female great white shark, nicknamed Joan of Shark, has been tagged off of Western Australia’s south coast, researchers believe it could be the biggest ever to have been tagged. Mark Kleeman, of the Department of Fisheries, explained the hair-raising process of tagging the shark and the photo that followed. “In that photo, the […]
This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41 which lies in the constellation Centaurus 7,300 light-years from Earth. The hot young stars are giving off energetic radiation that causes the surrounding hydrogen to glow with a characteristic red hue.
Kenya has lost 51 elephants to poachers in the first three months of 2014. Officials now place the population at around 38,000. Poaching has risen in recent years where well-armed criminal gangs have killed elephants for their tusks that are often shipped to Asia. “We attribute the problem of poaching in Kenya to growing demand […]
Photographer Andy Smith took this incredible shot of the International Space Station crossing the Moon yesterday. Can you spot it?
Air pollution emitted from Asia could be the driver of stronger storms and wilder weather in North America, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a new study examining how pollution from East Asia affects the global atmospheres. The study noted that air pollution from China and other Asian countries has far-reaching […]
Known as IRAS 20324+4057, but dubbed “the Tadpole,” is a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. It is still in the process of collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it. The intense blue glow is caused by nearby stars firing ultraviolet radiation at it, which also sculpts its tail into a long, wiggly shape. […]
In November 2013, a seafloor volcano in the western Pacific Ocean spewed enough material to rise above the water line. Four months later the volcanic eruption shows no sign of abating. The island has quadrupled in size and is now is slightly more than 1,000 meters across. The island sits about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo […]