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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist – in pictures

The Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy and the Running Man nebula feature in the shortlist for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 23 October, and an exhibition of the winning images from the past 10 years of the contest will be on show at …

Andromeda Galaxy

The Best Books to Read Before You Go to Paris, According to Francophiles

<i>Bastille Day is Saturday, July 14, and to celebrate France’s national day, we’re dedicating the week to the very best French things. You may be</i> …

Hubble Captures Cluster of Aging Stars

This rich and dense smattering of stars is a massive globular cluster, a gravitationally bound collection of stars that orbits the Milky Way.

Amazing Timelapse Featuring 130 Years of National Geographic Magazine Covers in Under Two Minutes

National Geographic released the first copy of their iconic magazine in 1888. To kick off their 130th birthday celebrations in 2018, they created an …

These Hellish Storms on Jupiter Are Mesmerizing to Watch

Jupiter's north pole is a mesmerizing stew of glowing storms in a new video released by NASA.<p>Using data from NASA's Juno mission, researchers created …

Astronomy

Arena: A Short Film That Weaves Together Images of Man-Made Shapes Collected Through Google Maps | Colossal

<p>Arena is a short film by Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin which explores the similarities of international roadways, farming infrastructure, …

Google Maps

Archaeologists Just Unearthed a Spectacularly Rare Temple in The Middle of The Desert

A hidden oasis.<p>As historical finds go, it ranks up at the more remarkable end of the scale – archaeologists working in Egypt have uncovered the …

All Galaxies Take a Billion Years to Rotate. Which Is Really Cool, and Totally Weird.

Big or small, dense or empty, it's one thing they all share.<p>Galaxies come in all shapes and size, and NASA's best estimates indicate there are more than 200 billion of them in the observable universe. According to the latest findings from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research …

Train Passenger Captures Surreal Photos of Hokkaido Blanketed in Snow

Hokkaido, Japan's snow-covered northernmost prefecture, is the magical background for Chinese photographer Ying Yin‘s series <i>Wind of Okhotsk</i>. Inspired by her desire to visit a snowy area, the lush winter scenery, blanketed by white powder, makes for a powerful set of images.<p>Starting in Sapporo, the …

Hokkaido

This Epic 4K Film Captures the Beauty of Lightning at 1,000FPS

Photographer and filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent the summer chasing lightning with a $110,000 Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. What resulted was this …

Exploding binary stars will light up the sky in 2022

by Universe Today November 28, 2017 Hard Science 44616<p>Matt Williams<p>Stellar collisions are an amazingly rare thing. According to our best estimates, …

Titanic letter sells for world record price at auction

<b>One of the last known letters to have been written on the Titanic has sold for a world record price at auction.</b><p>The letter, written by American businessman and Titanic passenger, Oscar Holverson, fetched £126,000.<p>It was sought-after because he wrote it on 13 April 1912 - the day before the …

Titanic

Watch the Milky Way 'appear' as you get farther and farther from LA light pollution

According to much of the Interwebz, the residents of Los Angeles were so shocked to see the Milky Way during a 1994 blackout, that many of them …

Time-lapse Photography

Voyager Made the Solar System a Real Place

Forty years later, a mission scientist remembers a time of constant discovery.<p>In the final days of summer in 1977, twin spacecrafts left Earth to explore the solar system. For more than a year, Voyager 1 and 2 quietly navigated space, winding their way through the asteroid belt beyond Mars and …

Astronomy

The Best of Cassini—13 Years in Orbit Around Saturn

On September 15, 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take its final measurements and images as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere at 77,000 miles per hour, burning up high above the cloud tops. Launched in 1997, Cassini traveled 2.2 billion miles in seven years to reach Saturn and enter orbit. …

Colorful Photographs of California Captured by Ludwig Favre

The French photographer Ludwig Favre specializes in urban landscapes. Capturing the majority of his shots in the United States, his series at La …

Urchins and alleyways: a rare glimpse of 19th-century Glasgow – in pictures

Photographer Thomas Annan captured Glasgow in the 1860s and 70s, at a time when the city had transformed and grown rapidly after the industrial revolution

Mesmerizing Cinemagraphs of the Ocean

Dutch cinematographer Armand Dijcks gives life to photographer Ray Collins‘ majesticwaves. Dijcks works with stills as well as moving images. Here, …

Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

Jupiter looks like hell.<p>The huge planet in the middle of our solar system has giant Earth-sized storms, a powerful magnetic field, and extreme …

How much does light pollution hurt your stargazing? This timelapse video tells the tale

As anyone who’s ever tried to do a little stargazing in the middle of a major city knows, light pollution can make it a tough endeavor. Sure, stars …

Look at These Monumental Waves Captured by Nature Photographer Warren Keelan

Australian nature photographer Warren Keelan lives on the South Coast of New South Wales and has always been fascinated by the ocean and its …

Photography

In 1999, David Bowie Predicts the Good and Bad of the Internet

“We’re on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying.”<p>The year is 1999 and David Bowie, in shaggy hair and groovy glasses, has seen the future …

David Bowie

Jefferson-Era Chemistry Lab Discovered At UVA

A revolutionary science facility<p>If these walls could talk, they might have something to say about science.<p>During a recent renovation of the Rotunda, one of the oldest buildings at the University of Virginia, archeologists came across a piece of the University's early history, a chemical lab …

Chemistry

A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Stunning Photos

Gorgeous Haze<p>Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed …

The amazing whistling language of Greek shepherds

In the village of Antia on Greece's Evia island, shepherds use whistling to communicate over long distances. This isn't a code but rather a real …

This Artist’s Clever 3D Illustrations Give Creativity A Whole New Meaning

They say art is for the elite. In a world where people are fighting for mere survival, how does art have any role to play? What we forget is one …

Mesmerizing Long Exposure Photos of Traffic Lights in the Fog

Fine Art photographer Lucas Zimmermann‘s long exposure photographs of traffic lights in the fog are oddly satisfying. At once creepy and serene, his …

Astrophotographer Captures Rare Lunar “Fog Bow” Under the Northern Lights

Swedish photographer Göran Strand recently fulfilled a dream by capturing an elusive shot of a lunar fog bow. Often called a <i>white rainbow</i>, a <i>fog bow</i> is similar to a rainbow, but with very weak colors due to the fact that the water droplets are far smaller. Faint reds on the outside and blues on the …

When up on Deck 9 there arose such a clatter

I sprang to the bridge to see what was the matter (<i>via Atomic Chronoscaph</i>)

SpaceX Wants to Surround Earth With an Internet Service That's 200 Times Faster

We need this!<p>SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in …