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.
Scientists discovered two Earth-like planets orbiting a star in Alpha Centauri, our closest solar system. Astronomers claim that they could be part of a more extensive solar system containing watery worlds like our own 4.3 light years away. This discovery suggests there's a high chance of other planets in the same solar system that may have conditions in which life could thrive. Continue reading for a video and more information.
NASA researchers discovered that the Jupiter-orbiting moon Ganymede - the largest moon in our solar system - has an ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life. It's 60 miles (100 km) thick, which is 10 times deeper than Earth's oceans. All this water is buried under a 95-mile (150-km) crust of mostly ice. Continue reading for another pictures and more information.
Sure, a large asteroid may not impact Earth in our lifetimes, but if one does happen to appear out of nowhere, this simulation shows what it may look like. Anselmo la Manna took this devastating computer simulation - from the 2005 Discovery Channel miniseries Miracle Planet - of a massive 310-mile-wide asteroid impacting the Earth and paired it with Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky." Continue reading to watch.
When viewed from space, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia looks like a painting - for those interested in checking it out just copy and paste these coordinates into Google Earth 33°53'28"S 151°16'40"E. Benjamin Grant says: "Overview of Bondi Beach in Sydney. One of the city's most popular destinations, the beach gets its name from the Aboriginal word 'Bondi' that means waves breaking over rocks." Continue reading for more.
Most sunsets are boring, this one on Mars is not, or at least until humans start living on the Red Planet, and only then would it become a common sight. According to NASA, "The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this 30-second movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity." Let's just hope they release a sunrise video next. Continue reading for the clip.
Priced at $245K, Midnight Planetarium is one of the coolest time pieces you'll ever see. Created by Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Christiaan van der Klaauw, it features the 6 closest planets in our solar system accurately rotating around the Sun. This watch contains 396 individual parts and boasts planets that are represented by precious and semi-precious stones, ranging from red jasper to serpentine and turquoise. That's not all, a "lucky day" function uses the bezel to let owners to select any day of the year as the special day, and the Earth will fall underneath the painted star on the watch's crystal on that day every year. 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 what bartenders really think about your Tinder dates.
Here are new up-close images of Comet 67P, as captured by the Rosetta Probe. The flyby took place at approximately 12:41 GMT on February 14, transmitting a series of images showing the comet's layered and fractured surface. You can see a complicated, broken landscape mixed with smooth, dust-covered areas, boulders measuring up to tens of meters, and outlines of near-circular objects. This close pass also allowed the spacecraft's instruments to take samples of the inner regions of 67P's coma. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Researchers at the European Space Agency noticed a plume of dust on two separate dates while reviewing Hubble images, but coming from the same general location. Dust plumes aren't entirely unheard of on Mars, but none were ever this big, at more than 250-kilometers (155-miles) high. The strange thing is that no one really know why these dust plumes are happening, as previous plumes have never exceeded 100-kilometers (62-miles) high. For the record, Mars has experienced planet-wide dust storms that can last for up to a year, and the reason for the longevity of these storms is that the dust is so light it stays airborne for a very long time once picked up. However, a dust storm and a localized dust plume are two very different things. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today.