What the sky would look like if you could see all the asteroids

Here’s a really cool visualization from astronomer Scott Manley that shows what our sky might look like if we could actually see all the asteroids. Asteroids aren’t visible to the naked eye because they’re too small to register but Manley was able to reveal the known asteroids and speed them up to exaggerate how they… » 6/30/15 9:25pm 6/30/15 9:25pm

Stunning full color HD video from the ISS shows life on Earth in motion

This video is taken from space. And yet we can see so much detail on Earth that it’s almost unbelievable. Cars are driving on roads and buildings are moving throughout the day and boats are crawling through rivers, remember this isn’t your run of the mill drone footage, this is all taken from an ultra-HD camera… » 6/18/15 4:57pm 6/18/15 4:57pm

These Are the Sad Remains of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Russian photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs just published one of the saddest photoseries on space exploration. He managed to get inside an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where two Burans—the prototype space shuttles of the Russian space program—are slowly decaying in their burial crypt. » 6/12/15 10:26am 6/12/15 10:26am

Cooking chicken and rice in space is always fun to see

Every variation of chicken and rice is great so even though this space version of tumeric chicken and whole red rice looks like the least chicken and rice-y dish ever (for obvious utilitarian reasons), I would totally give it a bite or five. The key to cooking in space (if this can be considered cooking) is making… » 6/05/15 12:31pm 6/05/15 12:31pm

Neat time lapse of NASA assembling the space shuttle engine, the RS-25

NASA’s RS-25 rocket engine powered the space shuttles and four of them will be used to power the core stage of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS), the launch vehicle that’ll bring humans to deep space missions like landing on asteroids and Mars. This two minute time lapse video shows how NASA assembles it. » 5/28/15 5:41pm 5/28/15 5:41pm

Beautiful photo shows white dwarf stars moving away from a star cluster

Like a celestial Rorschach test, I can see so many things when I stare at this wonderful photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s like static on a TV. Or like a crowded future city lit by buildings stacked on buildings. But what it really is is even cooler: it’s the first time pictures have been taken of… » 5/14/15 3:51pm 5/14/15 3:51pm

The most amazing Hubble Space Telescope fly-through yet defies belief

If space traveling the universe had a scenic route, this would be it. It’s a 3D fly-through of the nebula Gum 29 with the stunning star cluster Westerlund 2 in the middle and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The image was taken by the Hubble and shown off for its 25th anniversary. It’s the stuff of dreams. » 4/23/15 6:47pm 4/23/15 6:47pm

Interstellar honest trailer rips apart Christopher Nolan's space movie

I love watching Honest Trailers' takedown of movies because they highlight actual problems, they're actually really funny and they have no sacred cows. They can skewer Michael Bay right next to burning down everyone's post-Dark Knight shrine to Chris Nolan. Here they are hilariously ripping up Interstellar. » 3/31/15 6:19pm 3/31/15 6:19pm

This celestial music video was made with household goods

Forgive me for being enchanted with this beautiful music video for Jack and the Giant's song A Love Like Pi. I feel like I'm following orbs with unique personalities traveling through space. Or like watching comets burn as they complete their journey to different planets. In reality though, I'm just watching soap… » 3/18/15 11:48am 3/18/15 11:48am

All those iconic space pictures are really black and white 

Most of the gorgeous images of distant galaxies we all keep in our minds were captured by the lens of The Hubble Space Telescope. But those lens can only take black and white images. The color is added afterwards according to "the wavelengths of light that different elements emit in space." This is how they do it. » 3/17/15 10:13am 3/17/15 10:13am

Scientists reveal the hidden structure and size of our galaxy

Our galaxy is not what we thought it was. According the paper Rings and Radial Waves in the Disk of the Milky Way—published in the Astrophysical Journalwe should call it the Corrugated Cardboard Galaxy, as shown in the diagram above. Even more surprising: It's 50-percent larger than previously thought. » 3/12/15 2:03pm 3/12/15 2:03pm

Uncanny Photos From Space That Look Like Faces, Animals, And More

Pareidolia is the phenomenon where you interpret random stimuli as familiar images. And even though these photos are of planets, nebulae, and other objects in space, it's easy to imagine that they're actually pictures of human faces, caterpillars, elephants, and even Starfleet badges. » 2/25/15 6:34pm 2/25/15 6:34pm