Black holes of stellar mass are expected to form when very massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. After a black hole has formed, it can continue to grow by absorbing mass from its surroundings. By absorbing other stars and merging with other black holes, supermassive black holes of millions of solar masses may form. There is general consensus that supermassive black holes exist in the centers of most galaxies. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog who really knows how to get your attention on the phone.
Ron Miller, an illustrator and author, specializes in visualizations of other worlds. He recently rendered a series of images that show what our skies would look like with Saturn's beautiful rings. To keep things scientifically accurate, he added orange-pink shadows, which may result from sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere, and also shows the rings from a variety of latitudes and landscapes. Continue reading for more interesting images (and a bonus video) of our galaxy that might surprise you.
Ever wonder what the night sky would look like no light pollution? Photograhper Ben Coffman has just the images for you, as he spends his time capturing the majestic and starry skies of Oregon. Based in Portland, this photographer frequently makes stops at the famed Crater Lake and other to snap these awe-inspiring, long-exposure shots showcasing the Milky Way. He says his interest in astronomy stems from..."the collision between the natural and man-made worlds. Popular postcard destinations take on a strange new meaning at night, when crowds ebb, shadows form, and the sky becomes sprinkled with stars." Above, we see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse like never before. Continue reading for more images.
UFO researchers have spotted yet another face on Mars, but this time, they claim to have spotted Barack Obama's likeness on the Red Planet. Taken by the Spirit rover, this rock apparently bears uncanny semblance to the current President's head, and it could very well may be part of a statue. Scott Waring says, "From the way its standing up I would say that it is a full statue, but is buried from the shoulders down. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Scientists had previously said comet was 'blacker than charcoal' following data from the Alice instrument, but today, the first true color image of Comet 67P has been released, showing that it's actually red. This image was captured by an instrument called Osiris, which is a dual imaging system operating in the visible, near infrared and near ultraviolet wavelength ranges. Continue reading to see what else Philae found on Comet 67P and for more information.
Jackie, an alleged former NASA employee, called into the nightly Coast to Coast AM radio show, with a 'confession' that she saw suited men walking on the red planet in 1979. Apparently, she was working as part of a 'downstairs' team downloading telemetry from a Viking Lander when something caught her eye on the live feed. Continue reading to listen to the entire call.
Most meteorites look dull, but this is what a polished 773 gram Chinga meteorite looks like. This quarter-cut specimen was found in Turvinskaya, Russia, with two sides being cut and polished. The other sides maintain the original natural light brown crust to show the difference. The Chinga meteorite is an iron meteorite with an 82.8% iron, 16.6% nickel, cobalt and phosphorus compisition. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an epic underground ping pong battle.
Physicist Dr Brandenburg claims an ancient Martian civilizations known as Cydonians and Utopians were devastated by a nuclear attack, and purportedly, he has evidence that can still be seen today. He adds: "The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and radioactive potassium - and this pattern radiates from a hot spot on Mars. A nuclear explosion could have sent debris all around the planet." Continue reading for another video and more information.
Lunar Mission One, a British-lead venture, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to send a drill-equipped robotic lander to mine the moon's south pole. The phase will raise $950,000 if everything goes according to plan, financing Lunar Mission One's planning and management activities during the initial phase of what will be 10 years of preparation to build up toward launch in 2024. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Like many have seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar black holes are both frightening and fascinating at the same time. Scientists reported that they have discovered supermassive black holes - aka quasars - are actually aligned with each other over distances stretching billions of light-years. These observations were made with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. A quasar is a compact region in the center of a massive galaxy, that surrounds its central supermassive black hole. Its size is 10-10,000 times the Schwarzschild radius of the black hole. The energy emitted by a quasar derives from mass falling onto the accretion disc around the black hole. Continue reading for a video and more information.