Most meteorites appear jagged with a rough texture, but when you polish one of these space rocks, something amazing happens. Reddit user Isai76 shared this other-worldly image of a polished pallasitic meteorite, in which the green-yellow transparent minerals are called olivine, the material that composes most of the upper mantle of the Earth. The metallic parts you see are an iron-nickel alloy. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
NASA has unveiled a revolutionary new method of space travel that could one day allow humans to travel at speeds faster than light. The new drive, called "EMDrive", could carry passengers and their equipment to the moon in just 4-hours, and a trip to Alpha Centauri, which would normally take tens of thousands of years now, could be reached in a mere 100-years. The revolutionary new system is based on electromagnetic drive, which converts electrical energy into thrust without the need for rocket fuel. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
Photographers looking to add a unique item to their collection should consider this gigantic NASA 2540mm f/8 mirror tele lens. Officially known as the Jonel 100, it's claimed to be "one of the biggest lenses ever." According to the seller, NASA utilized this lens to observe Saturn V, and a similar model was used to track as well as capture images of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the day it exploded during launch. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the auction page.
It's only a matter of time before humans are going into space for vacation, instead of just other countries. For the time being, there are spectacular places to view the night sky right here on Earth. The image above may have been Photoshopped, but simply drive into the desert or the mountains for a similar view, minus the shipwreck. Continue reading for more breathtaking photos that will make you long for space travel.
In this incredible image, hot blue stars shine brightly in a recently formed galactic or "open" star cluster. This particular open cluster, NGC 3293, is located in the constellation Carina, which lies at a distance of about 8000-light-years from us. These blue stars are only about 6-million-years-old, whereas the cluster's dimmer, redder stars appear to be about 20-million-years-old. Star formation in this open cluster took at least 15-million-years, a very short time when compared with the billions of years stars like our Sun live, and the over-ten billion year lifetimes of many galaxies and our universe. Continue reading for more.
Future space explorers rejoice! There are a few things, such as astronaut and galaxy bed sheets, that you can pick up to bring the experience home. The sheets (right) you see above was created with a digital printer that inked everything onto satin to make things very clear, soft and smooth. Best of all, the colors you see will not fade over time, guaranteed, or at least according to its creator. Continue reading for more.
TSO Photography climbed the highest mountain in Spain, El Teide, to captured this mind-boggling footage. It took him approximately 7-days to film, during which he only slept 10 hours. People claim Teide Observatory is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars. TSO says: "Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32." Continue reading for the video and more information.
Are we alone in the universe? NASA says the answer to that burning question is "almost certainly no." While we could meet our alien neighbors within the next two decades, they may not be of the space-faring or even intelligent type. Ellen Stofan, NASA chief scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says: "I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years. We know where to look, we know how to look, and in most cases we have the technology." Continue reading for a video and more information.
Scientists recently spotted a mysterious ring of fire, located 12-billion-light-years away, and it's an illusion created by the chance alignment of two distant galaxies. According to Albert Einstein, the striking circular structure is a rare manifestation of gravitational lensing based on his theory of general relativity. His theory predicts that the gravitational effects of the nearer galaxy will bend the light of the more distant one. Continue reading for a video showing the phenomenon and more information.
It took 4,200 years for the light in these extraordinary images to arrive here, but despite the distance, scientists say the photographs reveal the immense forces unleashed when a star is born. The two images above were snapped 18 years apart, the first with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array in New Mexico in 1996 and the second by an international team of astronomers led by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) last year. This star, officially known as W75N(B)-VLA2, is approximately 300-times brighter and 8-times bigger than our sun. The violet area you see depict super-hot electrified winds that are being ejected by the young star. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including an eyesight test starring Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe.