According to Professor Geraint Lewis, from the University of Sydney, warp speed within the next 100-years is possible, enabling us to travel between galaxies a reality. This concept was part of Einstein's theory of relativity, which describes how we can bend space and time. "If you look at the equation that Einstein gave us, it shows you can bend and warp space so you can travel at any speed you like in the universe. It's theoretically possible, but can we ever build a warp drive? We have hints that the kind of materials that we would need exist in the universe, but whether or not we could get them together and build a warp drive, we still don't know," said Lewis. Continue reading for a video on warp drive and more information.
Apollo 14 astronaut and the sixth man to walk on the moon Edgar Mitchell claims that aliens came to Earth to stop a nuclear war between America and Russia. He says that high-ranking military officials witnessed alien ships during weapons tests throughout the 1940s, and were spotted hovering over the world's first nuclear weapons test which took place on July 16, 1945 in the desolate White Sands deserts of New Mexico. Continue reading for another video of him explaining the different alien species that currently visit Earth.
Another day, another strange Mars sighting. This time, people claim to have spotted a 'dark lady' looking out into space from the surface of Mars in a photo captured by NASA's Curiosity Rover. "We also see two arms that are lighter in color and what looks like a head with long hair. Its hard to tell if this is a living being, or a statue of a being from long ago. However, a statue that small would be eroded and destroyed easily, so it has a higher chance of being a living being. Also it is facing the Mars rover watching it from a distance," said UFO Sightings Daily. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a robot butler attending to guests at the Aloft Hotel.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, stationed aboard the ISS, captured this amazing photograph of Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Earth coming into near alignment. PetaPixel said: "The glowing atmosphere of the Earth can be seen at the top of the frame. The largest white spot is the Moon, the second largest is Venus, and the smallest is Jupiter. While Venus is a much smaller planet than Jupiter, it's also a lot closer to Earth." Continue reading for a video showing what the moon would look like from Earth if it were as close as the International Space Station.
Another day, another oddity discovered on the Red Planet. This Alien Facehugger-like 'crab' can be seen in an image taken by the Mars rover Curiosity in front of a formation to a cave. "Those that send [images] to me are generally quite excited, as they claim that these frequently resemble something you wouldn't expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the red planet,' said Seth Shostak, director of the Centre for SETI Research. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Cristiano Ronaldo dressed up as a homeless man on the streets of Madrid, Spain.
NASA has just released an incredible view of the sunlit far side of the Moon transiting the sunlit side of Earth. It was captured by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera from a million miles away. For the tech geeks out there, EPIC is basically a 4-megapixel CCD camera and telescope mounted on the DSCOVR spacecraft orbiting at the L1 Lagrange Point - a neutral gravity point that lies on the direct line between Earth and the sun. The images above were taken between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, showing the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America. Continue reading for a fascinating video on Earth's second moon, Cruithne.
Astronomers, using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, have discovered HD 219134b, a rocket exoplanet located a mere 21 light-years away. While the planet itself can't be seen directly, the star it orbits is visible to the naked eye in dark skies in the Cassiopeia constellation, near the North Star. It's also the closest exoplanet to Earth to be detected transiting, or crossing in front of, its star and a "potential gold mine of science data," says NASA. Continue reading for a video on how to locate the exoplanet in the night sky and more information.
Scientists have discovered mysterious bright spots as well as haze over a crater in Ceres. This haze, spotted by the Dawn spacecraft, can be seen at certain times of day, suggesting it could be providing some atmosphere to this area of the dwarf planet. Chris Russell, the mission's principal investigator, said: "At noontime, if you look at a glancing angle, you can see what seems to be haze. It comes back in a regular pattern." Continue reading for three videos and more information.
NASA announced today that researchers have discovered Kepler 452-b, a rocky world, 1.6-times larger than Earth, orbiting a G-type star at almost exactly the same distance that we orbit the sun, placing it in the habitable zone. It's located approximately 1,400 light-years away, and orbits a star that is 4% more massive and 10% brighter than our Sun. "If Kepler 452b is indeed a rocky planet, its location vis-a-vis its star could mean that it is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history. Kepler 452b could be experiencing now what the Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter," said Doug Caldwell, a SETI Institute scientist working on the Kepler mission. Continue reading for the two videos, including a news report.
Yesterday, NASA released an image of Earth captured by the the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVER) satellite from a million miles away. The image is basically a combination of three different filtered images taken by the satellite's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). "The high quality of the EPIC images exceeded all of our expectations in resolution. The images clearly show desert sand structures, river systems and complex cloud patterns. There will be a huge wealth of new data for scientists to explore," said Dscovr project scientist Adam Szabo. Continue reading for an image of the camera itself and more information.