A mysterious signal, which appeared to come from the star HD 164595, a sun-like star located roughly 95 light-years from Earth, was detected on May 15, 2015 by a radio telescope operated by the Russian Academy of Science. The system has only one known planet: a warm gaseous Neptune-like planet that orbits its star in 40-days - the star could have other rocky planets as well. SETI researchers claim that such a bright signal might have been produced by a radio beacon built by an intelligent Type II civilization. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Astronomers have just discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star to our own: Proxima Centauri. It's been named "Proxima b," and is located 4.25-light-years from Earth. The planet itself is at least 30% larger than Earth and orbits the star at a distance of 7.3-million kilometers - less than 5% of the distance between Earth and the sun - making its year last 11.2 Earth days. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Could Earth have rings? Certainly, especially if a small moon were to get hit by an asteroid or comet, shattering it, thus impacting Earth itself to create rings. We know that Saturn's rings are made of ice, the Earth's distance from the Sun, small ice particles would quickly be destroyed by sunlight. So, Earthrings would probably be made of rock, and as illustrator Kevin Gill shows, they would look different if you were seeing sunlight reflected off them versus seeing the Sun through them. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
This is not a futuristic space station, or the scene from an upcoming movie, but rather the "Space Suite" at the Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel in Switzerland. Designed by German artist Michael Najjar, you'll find plenty of geeky touches, such as color-reverse prints from the Hubble space telescope, rocket-inspired ceiling light, and a minimalist theme, with touches of space foil on the furniture. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Researchers have proposed a new theory that the center of blackholes may act as a "back door", or gateway, for wormholes. In other words, anything traveling through a black hole would be stretched, but then returned back to its normal size when emerging in a different part of the universe. "Our theory naturally resolves several problems in the interpretation of electrically-charged black holes. In the first instance, we resolve the problem of the singularity, since there is a door at the centre of the black hole, the wormhole, through which space and time can continue," said Gonzalo Olmo, a Rampn y Cajal researcher at the University of Valencia. Continue reading for another video and more information.
When humans start colonizing Mars, they'll probably live in small pods. Andrea Zittel decided to create the "Wagon Station Encampment" to give us a sneak peak. This camp consists of 12 small pods, a communal kitchen area, outdoor showers, and outhouses, situated in the middle of nowhere to simulate the Red Planet's solitude. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Nikon P900 may not be the most expensive digital camera on the block, but it does come equipped with an 83x optical zoom, 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens, capable of capturing up-close moon shots you never thought possible. At the long end of the zoom the image stabilization works very well, and a handy 'zoom out' button lets you locate a subject that's moved out of the frame and then zoom right back in. This person decided to zoom in on the moon, and the results were spectacular as the video shows. Get one here now. Continue reading for another P900 optical zoom test video.
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.