Researchers have discovered a rocky Earth-sized planet, named GJ1132b, that may have its own atmosphere has been spotted orbiting a small nearby star. It's around 1.2-times the size of our planet and is predominantly composed of rock and iron. This is now the closest Earth-sized planet to be discovered beyond our own solar system and is three times closer than those spotted previously. The surface of the planet may experience temperatures of between 278°F and 584°F. Continue reading for another video and more information.
NASA has revealed an impossible fuel-free EM Drive engine that could take a humans to Mars in just 10 weeks by bouncing microwaves around in an enclosed chamber as well as using solar power, to create thrust. "I will tell you that we first built and installed a second generation, closed face magnetic damper that reduced the stray magnetic fields in the vacuum chamber by at least an order of magnitude and any Lorentz force [the force that is exerted by a magnetic field on a moving electric charge] interactions it could produce. And yet the anomalous thrust signals remain," said Paul March, one of the top engineers working the EM Drive thruster at the Eagleworks Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Texas. Continue reading for another video and more information.
This is not a UFO, just a exploding green fireball that lit up the night sky over Thailand. It was captured by several dashcam videos from vehicles in Bangkok just before 9 p.m. local time. Continue reading for a viral video of the Metroid movie that should exist. The American Meteor Society stated that 2015 may be a year with an unusual number of Taurid fireballs, which peaks October 29 to November 10 because the Earth is thought to be passing through a denser than usual field of debris left behind by the Comet 2P/Encke. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Metroid movie that should exist.
Earth is set to be buzzed tonight by a dead comet that looks eerily like a skull. Named 2015 TB145 and located 310,000-miles away, NASA reports that it will safely brush past our planet at 78,000mph - approximately 1.3-times the distance between the Earth and the moon. "The IRTF data may indicate that the object might be a dead comet, but in the Arecibo images it appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby," said NASA's Kelly Fast. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Scientists are working on a plasma engine, known as a "Hall Thurster", that could take humans to Mars without the need to refuel, which are currently being used by NASA to keep satellites and space probes in the right orbit. These electric rocket engines basically use a 45,000 mph stream of plasma to propel the spacecraft forward, while consuming 100-million-times less fuel than conventional chemical rockets, making it ideal for exploring Mars and beyond. One caveat: each one has a lifespan of 10,000 operation hours, but most missions will require at least 50,000 operation hours. "To prolong the lifespan of Hall thrusters, a team of researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research are working on something known as a wall-less thruster. The wall-less thruster allows scientists to observe regions of the plasma previously hidden behind the channel walls," Vaudolon said. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Astronomers at NASA have spotted a black hole in the process of shredding a star 290-million light years away. Researchers say that the event is the closest tidal disruption discovered in about a decade. "When a star wanders too close to a black hole, intense tidal forces rip the star apart. In these events, called 'tidal disruptions,' some of the stellar debris is flung outward at high speed while the rest falls toward the black hole. This causes a distinct X-ray flare that can last for a few years. The event occurred near a super-massive black hole estimated to weigh a few million times the mass of the sun in the center of PGC 043234, a galaxy that lies about 290 million light-years away. Astronomers hope to find more events like ASASSN-14li to test theoretical models about how black holes affect their environments," said the space agency. Continue reading for a video on the largest black hole discovered yet.
YouTube user Melissa Huffman has captured what appears to be a second sun in the Florida sky, and some people are calling it the mysterious 'Planet X', also known as Nibiru. Should this be a real planet, theoretically its gravitational pull could spell the end for humanity by disrupting Earth's flow of energy. "Just look at that planet beaming and shining right now, somebody tells me what it is," said Huffman. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Ruhr University Bochum researchers divided a section of the southern sky into 268 different sections, after which they spent days creating ultra-high-resolution photos of each one with telescopes at the Cerro Armazones Observatory in Chile. Once everything had been photographed, they spent 5-years stitching together those 268 ultra high resolution photos into an even more massive 46-gigapixel photo that dials in at 194-gigabytes. You view the interactive map here. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Astronomers have detected a real-life Death Star, or to be more specific, a distant white dwarf star called "WD 1145+017" that's in the process of destroying several planets. "We are for the first time witnessing a miniature 'planet' ripped apart by intense gravity, being vaporized by starlight and raining rocky material onto its star," said Andrew Vanderburg, graduate student at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lead author of the paper published in Nature. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The hottest and largest double star system to date, where the two suns - separated by just 7.5 million miles - are in contact and sharing material, has been discovered by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Called "VFTS 352," this system lies approximately 160,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and it could be heading for a catatrosphic end, either merging to form a single giant star or a binary black hole. "If the stars are mixed well enough, they both remain compact and the VFTS 352 system may avoid merging. This would lead the objects down a new evolutionary path that is completely different from classic stellar evolution predictions. In the case of VFTS 352, the components would likely end their lives in supernova explosions, forming a close binary system of black holes. Such a remarkable object would be an intense source of gravitational waves," said Selma de Mink of University of Amsterdam. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Marty McFly and Doc Brown visiting Jimmy Kimmel.