Amazing photo of the MIR space station against the immensity of Earth

Surprisingly enough for a space junkie like me, I've never seen this image of the MIR—the Soviet space station that was destroyed on reentry on 2001 after 5,519 days in orbit. The photo was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis on the mission STS-71, docked in the photo below. » 9/16/14 8:53pm Tuesday 8:53pm

Where Do You Draw the Line Between the Sky and Space?

On his 108-minute flight in 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human being in space, reached a peak altitude of 327 kilometres (203 miles), after blasting off the planet atop a mighty Vostok rocket. After launch shook his tiny capsule violently, Gagarin experienced the feeling of weightlessness, and… » 8/12/14 3:45pm 8/12/14 3:45pm

This Animation Video Explains Everything You Need to Know About Earth

Kurzgesagt sums up all you need to know about our planet Earth in this nice animation explainer that's much more easy to understand than school ever was. It shows how fascinating and unbelievable Earth is and makes you realize how seemingly impossible it is for us to be living here. But we're here! » 8/04/14 8:54pm 8/04/14 8:54pm

Scientists reveal new vision of Earth 4 billion years ago

The Hadean and Eoarchean epochs were the real hell on Earth. For millions of years, our planet was heavily bombarded by millions of asteroids with "existing oceans repeatedly boiled away into steam atmospheres"until its crust finally solidified. These two new visualizations will help you comprehend this violence. » 7/30/14 9:00pm 7/30/14 9:00pm

Here's a satirical glimpse of Earth's dystopian future

Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet, cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they're during a nuclear winter. » 7/23/14 11:17pm 7/23/14 11:17pm

All the solid surfaces in the solar system stitched in one brilliant map

As usual, xkcd wins the internet with another brilliant scientific visualization: All the solid surfaces (the planetary, moon, and asteroid crusts) in the Solar System stitched together as if it all were a seamless flat map. It's fascinating to see it all from this simple perspective. » 7/03/14 1:31am 7/03/14 1:31am

Scientists Discover an Entirely New Kind of Meteorite

At a pink limestone quarry in Sweden, finding meteorite is no big deal—workers have found 101 of them in the past 20 years. But a new space rock discovery has scientists scratching their heads. The meteorite is of a class that's never before been seen, and it may hold a key to the explosion of life on Earth nearly 500… » 7/01/14 10:00am 7/01/14 10:00am

The Earth looks flat in this photo taken from space

Believe it or not, some idiots think that Earth doesn't rotate and others still think that Earth is flat. I'm sure the latter group would love this picture just taken by our space Captain America—astronaut Reid Wiseman. The angles on those two coasts converging makes Earth's spheroidal surface look strangely flat. » 6/23/14 10:02pm 6/23/14 10:02pm

This is what would happen if Earth stopped spinning right now

Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning right now? For you it would be like being in a car at 1000 miles per hour and stopping dead in your tracks—you would die instantly. But, believe it or not, it gets even worse after that, as this video explains. » 6/16/14 7:31pm 6/16/14 7:31pm

The Planet's Biggest Water Supply Might Be Hidden 400 Miles Below the US

When most of us imagine what the mantle of the Earth is like, we see burning hot rock and magma (and maybe satan hanging out for good measure or something). But scientists have discovered evidence that all that rock may be hiding huge amounts of water—three times the volume of all our oceans combined. » 6/12/14 3:50pm 6/12/14 3:50pm

NASA makes zoomable Earth using 36,422 selfies from all continents

Not even Ellen DeGeneres can beat this one: NASA asked people to take selfies on Earth Day and humans from Antarctica to Zimbabwe submitted more than 50,000 photos. Of those NASA selected 36,422 photos to create this fully zoomable 3.2 gigapixel image of Earth's Eastern and Western hemispheres. » 5/22/14 8:22pm 5/22/14 8:22pm

This Company Uses Earth's Magnetic Field To See Inside Buildings

In some ways, it's an ominous pitch. By measuring the "magnetic fingerprint" of any building in the world, the Finnish company IndoorAtlas can conjure up a startlingly precise indoor map of any building. It's technology that sci-fi has dreamt of for decades. But instead of surveillance, it's being used for shopping. » 5/20/14 5:20pm 5/20/14 5:20pm

Simulation of Saturn passing by Earth on a collision course to the Sun

The always cool Yeti Dynamics has released another brilliant scientific simulation: What would Earth's sky look like if Saturn went off its orbit to race into the inner solar system on its way to the Sun and our planet was on its path? I just love these impossible but visually arresting scenarios. » 5/05/14 1:44am 5/05/14 1:44am