New gorgeous Guardians of the Galaxy concept art revealed

Olivier Pron was the lede matte painter for Guardians of the Galaxy. His concepts for the movie sets—and other movies and personal projects—are extremely cool. I love the Chris Foss-iness of Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps. The rest of his work is equally great. I wish I could roam his worlds with an Oculus… » 1/08/15 5:50am 1/08/15 5:50am

From space, the Nile looks like a cosmic King Cobra made of light

Stunning image of the Nile River and the cities all along its path captured by astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore while flying over North Africa onboard the International Space Station. It looks like King Cobra made of light, with the heading Cairo. Somewhere in another dimension, the pharaohs are smiling. » 1/06/15 12:13pm 1/06/15 12:13pm

Every time Carl Sagan said million, billion, trillion, and quadrillion

If Carl Sagan taught us anything about our universe in Cosmos, he taught us how small we are in the grand scheme of things. The universe deals in magnitudes far beyond our comprehension: billions of galaxies, trillions of stars, quadrillions of particles. So many, that one crazy fan compiled all those 'illions into… » 1/02/15 1:45pm 1/02/15 1:45pm

I want to live in this cool spaceship from Star Citizen

This is the Anvil Industries' Carrack, a 403-foot (123-meter) ship and a maximum crew of five. It is not real, but it feels real because every detail in its interior has been designed as if it were a real vessel. It's one of the ships from Chris Roberts' Star Citizenpersistent alternative universe, where I'm sure I… » 12/17/14 5:22am 12/17/14 5:22am

This beautiful galaxy is actually a stunning visualization of Wikipedia

Here's a way to explore Wikipedia that's unlike any other you've done before: as its own galaxy. Created by Owen Cornec, each star in the galaxy is a different Wikipedia article and a cluster of stars together would be related Wikipedia articles. It's like taking the idea of exploring space to the expansive rabbit… » 12/10/14 8:55pm 12/10/14 8:55pm

Short film: The horror of re-discovering a UFO crash from the 1960s

The Landing is a powerful short film directed by Josh Tanner that tells the story of a mysterious UFO crash in the 1960s and the truth that is revealed when it's found again in the present day. It makes us question what is alien and makes us wonder if it's better off just not knowing things sometimes. » 12/09/14 12:01am 12/09/14 12:01am

The solitude of space exploration should be turned into a tablet game

There might not be anything more awesome than going to space. It's an incredible achievement and the idea of exploring the unknown is fascinating. But as this short animation called Solus by Zac Dixon for Identity Visuals shows, it can get quite lonely. Watch it, it's nearly as good as any feature. » 11/21/14 11:51pm 11/21/14 11:51pm

Why NASA is sending a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring a piece back

Not to be outdone by their ESA colleagues, NASA is sending a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring a piece of it back. Her name is OSIRIS-REx, and she will be visiting Bennu—great name for an outpost in a sci-fi movie—one of the primordial asteroids that have been orbiting the Sun for millions of years. This is why: » 11/18/14 12:28pm 11/18/14 12:28pm

Video: A mash up of awe-inspiring scenes from awesome movies about space

There are very few things that are actually cooler in real life than in the movies. Being in space is one of them. Sure, movies might make space look more cinematic and epic but being a real astronaut who actually put on a suit and got on a shuttle to go to space trumps any movie. Movies can't beat that. » 11/06/14 8:11pm 11/06/14 8:11pm