For those who happen to be outside on Christmas night, you'll be greeted with a rare sight as the final full moon of the year peaks.
The last time this happened on on Christmas was in 1977, and it won't happen again until 2034. "As you gaze up at the Christmas moon, take note that NASA has a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth's moon. As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it's worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor," said NASA's Nancy Neal Jones, from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Continue reading for three more videos and information. Click here to view more pictures of the full moon.
You read that right, fans of the clear concoction from the 90s can now rejoice! Crystal Pepsi is officially returning, but only for a limited run, until summer 2016, when it's set to hit retailers in the US. For now, they're releasing 13,000 six-packs of the beverage that can be won via the mobile app or online. If you've never heard of the beverage, initial sales were good, but quickly fell. By the fall of 1993, Pepsi pulled the drink off the market, and the final batches were delivered to retailers during the first few months of 1994. Pepsi returned several months later with a reformulated citrus drink titled Crystal From Pepsi, but this was short-lived as well. Continue reading for another video of the updated packaging and more information. Click here to view the classic bottles and cans.
A man who survived an explosion near the Stade de France amid the Paris terror attacks said that his smartphone saved his life by blocking flying shrapnel from a suicide bombing. "I was crossing the street and straight away, boom, it exploded right in front of me. Everything was blown to bits and I felt stuff flying around and I left, I fell and then I got back up. So this is the cell phone that took the hit, it's what saved me. Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits," said Sylvestre. Continue reading for the video and more information.
People from Southern California, San Francisco Bay, Nevada and even as far south as Mexico, reported seeing a bright moving UFO-like object in the night sky. According to the U.S. Navy, it was just an unarmed missile test, despite it being uncommon for a self-propelled precision-guided munition system to hover in place. Others say it was just a remnant of the Taurid Meteor Shower. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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.