Earth is set to be buzzed tonight by a dead comet that looks eerily like a skull. Named 2015 TB145 and located 310,000-miles away, NASA reports that it will safely brush past our planet at 78,000mph - approximately 1.3-times the distance between the Earth and the moon. "The IRTF data may indicate that the object might be a dead comet, but in the Arecibo images it appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby," said NASA's Kelly Fast. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Back to the Future fans probably know that thirty years ago today, Marty McFly arrived from 1985 in a Delorean after hitting 88mph.
"You mean we're in the future?" McFly asked Dr Emmett Brown. The 1989 blockbuster film actually got some predictions right, such as video conferencing, robotic drones, biometric payment terminals, electric cars (though not flying ones), and some prototype hoverboards that actually work. However, the film did miss arguably the two biggest technological advances of the past 30-years, the internet and smart devices. According to Doc Brown in Back To The Future Part III, the "future is not yet written," so 2025 might end up looking far stranger than 2015. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Similar to Earth, Pluto also has blue skies and patches of frozen water, according to the latest data out Thursday from NASA's unmanned New Horizons probe. This frigid region of the solar system beyond Neptune that is home to many comets and asteroids was observed for the first time, in such detail. Along with the announcement, NASA released an image showing a blue haze around Pluto, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft's camera. Blue skies are seen on Earth because of the scattering of sunlight by very small particles of nitrogen. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Farmer James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed what looked like a bent fence post at first, caked with mud. It was actually a part of a pelvis from an ancient woolly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago. Researchers from the University of Michigan used an excavator to recover 20% of the animal's skeleton this week in Washtenaw County's Lima Township. Aside from the pelvis, they also found the skull and two tusks, along with numerous vertebrae, ribs and both shoulder blades. Continue reading to watch the raw un-edited video footage of the dig and more pictures.
Scientists announced today "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on Mars. "Mars is not the dry, arid planet we thought of in the past. Under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars," said Jim Green, NASA's planetary science director. Experts said mysterious lines running down steep slopes on the surface of the Red Planet may be streaks of super-salty brine. According to NASA, these findings "provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars," making it easier to send a manned mission to the planet, which they aim to do in the 2030s. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
The total super blood moon eclipse will last over a hour and begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT (or 10:11 p.m. EDT or 7:11 p.m. PDT). While super moons aren't rare, tonight's will be the closest to Earth in all of 2015, coming within 221,753 miles of our planet, and it will also appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. The last time a supermoon occurred with a total lunar eclipse was in 1982, and the next time it will happen will be in 2033. "Earth's shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. A noticeable shadow will begin to fall on the moon at 9:07 p.m., and the total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m," NASA says. Continue reading for another video explaining the phenomenon, and more information.
A red super moon in combination with a lunar eclipse can be witnessed this weekend, the first time since 1982. Beginning during the late night hours of September 27th, a total lunar eclipse will mask the moon's larger-than-life face across the world. The most recent blood moon occurred during Easter, and this super blood moon lunar eclipse will be the fourth event in a 'Tetrad,' which some believe marks the the beginning of significant events. The moon will enter the dark part of Earth's shadow at approximately 9:07pm EST, becoming a total eclipse by 10:11pm, and then reemerge from the shadow 12-minutes later. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Apple fans rejoice! The iPhone 6S ($649) and iPhone 6S Plus ($749) are here. The most notable new feature is 3D Touch, which basically senses how deeply you press the display, giving you real-time feedback in the form of subtle taps from the all-new Taptic Engine. There's also a new 12MP iSight camera that takes brilliant 4K video, along with a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. Apple's 64-bit A9 chip delivers performance once found only in desktop computers - up to 70 percent faster CPU performance, and up to 90 percent faster GPU performance for all your favorite graphics-intensive games and apps. Even the phones' casing has been upgraded to aerospace-grade 7000 series aluminum. Continue reading for a video preview, hands-on images and additional information.
Yesterday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is building two 14-acre expansions to its theme parks - Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando and Disneyland Park in Anaheim - that will bring the Star Wars universe to life. This marks Disney's largest single theme-park expansion in its history. Planned attractions include: one showcasing the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and the second will put fans at the helm of the Millennium Falcon. "[It's] a remote port, one of the last stops before wild space. The stores and restaurants will include its own cantina, and will be operated by local inhabitants," said Iger. Continue reading for the full announcement video from D23 Expo, complete with a first look at the planned Star Tours upgrade.
By now, you've probably heard about "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, escaping Altiplano, a maximum security prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City. In addition to the help he may have received, a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) tunnel, 19 meters (about 62 feet) below the surface, was also discovered. Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, says that a complex tunnel like this one, complete with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line, would normally take 18 months to two years to complete. Continue reading for a video and more information.