All the planets in the Solar System fit between the Earth and the Moon

I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the Moon—about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers)—with room to spare: 4,990 miles (8,030 kilometers.) Seeing it visualized really give you a good idea of how much empty space is out there. » 10/24/14 2:00am Today 2:00am

Classic sci-fi spaceships make me nostalgic for a future that never was

French illustrator Manchu is one of the masters of classic sci-fi illustration. His worlds and spaceships are massive, optimistic, colorful, and sometimes even zany on his alien spaceship designs. Masterfully crafted, his work reminds me of another one of the greatest: The British Chris Foss. » 10/23/14 1:01am Yesterday 1:01am

This is first trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and it looks amazing

Comicbook Resources got the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, apparently leaked early by Movieweb, and now it appears it has leaked everywhere. It's narrated by Ultron (James Spader), and features all the team members—plus the much anticipated Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor. [UPDATED with highlights] » 10/22/14 8:20pm Wednesday 8:20pm

Holy crap, this amazing Universe simulator makes me want to buy a new PC

It's been a long time since I craved a computer program, but now I want Space Engine so much that I'm ready to buy a PC just to be able to immerse myself in it. Developed by Vladimir Romanyuk, Space Engine is a complete sandbox simulation of the Universe with mind-blowing graphics. Check this out: » 10/20/14 6:50pm Monday 6:50pm

I've never seen macroscopic images as incredibly sharp as these ones

This is a blister beetle photographed with a Macropod—"a low cost, portable, three-dimensional imaging solution" that allows scientists to break the depth of field limitations typical of macro photography by taking multiple exposures and merging them into a single ultra-sharp image using software. » 10/20/14 1:13pm Monday 1:13pm

Watch classic album covers come to life in this cool music video

Mayokero is the first song of the album Acowpella Beatbox by Israeli artist Roy Kafri. The music video—directed by Vania Heymann, a second year student in Bezalel School of Art and Design—is brilliant. It takes classic album covers and animates them to sing along the song in a completely seamless way. » 10/20/14 8:32am Monday 8:32am

Ambition is the new sci-fi film I didn't even know I wanted to see

It's not Interstellar but now I want to see it just the same: Ambition is the sci-fi film that nobody seems to be reporting about even while its main actor is arguably the best character in Game of Thrones—Littlefinger himself—and its director was already nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. [Updated] » 10/18/14 1:39am 10/18/14 1:39am

Spectacular comet will engulf Mars this Sunday in historical event

This Sunday something historical will happen: An ancient rare comet will arrive to Mars after millions of years traveling at 33 miles per second from the Oort cloud. It will look like you can see above, passing just within a third of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, engulfing the Red Planet in its large tail. » 10/17/14 1:29pm 10/17/14 1:29pm

Drag boat racing shoots up an awesome wall of water behind it

These boats racing against each other pack nearly 8,000 horsepower and can hit speeds of 260mph. Basically, they're really, really fast. But what's even cooler is what the boats leave in their wake, a perfect wall of water that shoots out and up into the sky. It's like they're tearing the water apart. » 10/16/14 10:37pm 10/16/14 10:37pm