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Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

This isn't a painting. It's not from a movie. It's not a strange astronomical event. This is real — what you can see when certain helicopters in Afghanistan touch down on sandy ground, raising dust, causing mysterious arcs of light to loop and dance through the air.<p>This doesn't always happen. "The …

See amazing galaxy photos from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mission, which came to an end February 2011: Seen here, at about 55,500 light-years across, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy (called M83) is a bit more than half the size of our Milky Way, but it has a similar overall structure.

What does lightning look like from space? Here's an awesome image gallery of lightning seen from the International Space Station: ESA astronaut André Kuipers captured this lightning flash on June 11, 2012.

Sun's Magnetic Field to Reverse: What It Means

The flip could come in the next three to four months, scientists say.<p><b>The sun's magnetic field, which spans the solar system, is just months away from flipping, observatory measurements show.</b><p>"This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system," solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford …

Generations Apart.. United in Prayer.

Vatican Monk


Wat Phra Mahathat or Wat Mahathat


Papua new guinea 4

Dreaming under the night sky

This beautiful moth is painted with images of other insects (and bird poop)

This beautiful Malaysian moth, of the species <i>Macrocilix maia</i>, scoffs at the usual insect camouflage. “Oh, you’re a leaf? Challenging. Tell me again …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 shortlist - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the shortlist for the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Photographers captured spectacular sights from across our solar system, the galaxy and beyond – from stunning auroras in the Earth's atmosphere to frenzied storms on the sun and …

GRB Lights Up Ancient Hidden Galaxy

Once upon a time, more than 12.7 billion years ago, a star was poised on the edge of extinction. It made its home in a galaxy too small, too faint …


Prayers for Buddha

Light of Hope

The King is Dead.