Airport workers have probably seen it all, from UFO hoaxes to just Chinese lanterns floating in the sky, but this recent sighting has stirred the interest of conspiracy theorists worldwide. Shot at Miami Airport, some are saying that the "plume is from a hydrogen powered rocket engine, water vapor condenses in the high altitude forming a cloud of ice crystals reflecting light from the sun which, from this viewpoint, is below the horizon." Continue reading for another strange sighting and more information.
Always wanted a piece of a real Soviet spy satellite and have $18,500 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than this fine specimen, which USSRPhoto says was once used on the Yantar 4K2 satellite. This 348-pound lens measures 4.36-feet long, has a diameter of 1.54-feet at its widest point, and was mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
YouTube user "Paranormal Crucible" has discovered a rock that resembles the head of a Roman soldier, but is it from a larger statue? "Interesting relic I found in the Curiosity Rover archives, this one looks like a statue's head, possibly Roman inspired or very similar in design. Even without any processing or enhancement this relic stands out in the raw image, and in my opinion it's definitely not a regular rock," said Crucible. Since humans are set to land on the red planet by 2027 via the Mars One Mission, it may be a while until we can actually confirm this finding. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of battle bots duking it out for supremacy in the arena.
Though it may be nothing like Tatooine, this newly discovered planet, called "HD 131399Ab", has 3 suns, and is located 340 light-years from Earth. What does this mean? You would experience constant daylight, complete with triple sunrises and sunsets daily, depending on the season. A few caveats: it has a surface temperature of 1,070°F, and weighs approximately four Jupiter masses. "For about half of the planet's orbit, which lasts 550 Earth-years, three stars are visible in the sky, the fainter two always much closer together, and changing in apparent separation from the brightest star throughout the year," said Kevin Wagner, a first-year PhD student. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA's Juno Probe is a solar-powered spacecraft has finally reached Jupiter after 5-years and 1.8-billion miles. It fired its main rocket engine at 11:18pm ET, and quickly slowed from 165,000 mph into a sweeping orbit around the planet. The Juno spacecraft's suite of science instruments will determine the ratio of oxygen to hydrogen, effectively measuring the abundance of water in Jupiter, which will help distinguish among prevailing theories linking Jupiter's formation to the Solar System. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view a few bonus images of Jupiter.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a massive aurora, caused by solar particles and volcanic debris in the space around the giant planet being accelerated towards the poles by its powerful magnetic field, that is larger than the entire Earth. The Juno probe is currently currently riding through the solar wind as it will enter Jupiter's orbit on July 4. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Could Mars be home to tiny humanoid aliens? Images captured by Curiosity Rover's Mastcam allegedly show a creature peering out from around a rock. "This human-like figure is peering around the corner of a rock wall and I can make out its head, chest, shoulders, arm, leg, knee, and foot from this one close up photo," said UFO researcher Scott Waring. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Using images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor, amateur astronomer Will Farrar, who runs the YouTube channel "WhatsUpInTheSky37" from his home in from Salisibury, Maryland, claims to have found evidence of lakes of standing water surrounded by trees on the surface of the red planet. "This has never been addressed by NASA since we are still looking for these 'minuscule' traces of life and water. I ask you to use your judgement on this one. What does this look like to you," said Farrar. Continue reading for another video and more information. Continue reading for another video and more information.
"Right-handed" and "left-handed" molecule compounds are essential to all life on Earth, and have been found in meteors as well as comets, but now, for the first time, one has been spotted in interstellar space. Finding such chiral molecules, or "life's first handshake", in space, can help researchers understand the development of life on Earth, which is rich in those complex molecules. Continue reading for a video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space images.
Before high-resolution displays, NASA scientists frequently used large chalkboards to convey idea and / or solve equations. Whats' even more significant is the U.S public's perception of the Soviet lead in putting the first man in space. This motivated President John F. Kennedy to ask the Congress on May 25, 1961 to commit the federal government to a program to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, which effectively launched the Apollo program. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never mess around with a $70,000 video camera.