Super Typhoon Maysak Looks Terrifying From Space

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has just posted these five shots of typhoon Maysak, taken from aboard the International Space Station. Maysak is a very strong category 4 super typhoon, which has weakened only 1 category since Monday. » 4/01/15 6:05am Today 6:05am

Helicopter Sparks Draw a Beautiful Galaxy on the Night Sky

It is always a pleasure to see the Kopps-Etchells Effect in such perfect form. The sparks from this U.S. Marines helicopter form a starry ring around the edge of the blades—a the result of static electricity created by friction between the dust and the metal blades moving through the air. » 3/31/15 11:45am Yesterday 11:45am

These Pretty Vortices Make This Super Hercules a Magical Aircraft

Feeling dizzy? These amazing vortices were formed by the MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft during its flight to the Kadena Air Base in Japan on March 19th.
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I Could Spend Hours Gazing at Pictures From Old Science Magazines

If you're on the lookout for a good old fashioned internet time-suck, head over to the Tumblr scienceisstrange, where one hero has scanned a great many pages of over 300 issues of SCIENCE magazine from 1950-1980. » 3/30/15 12:20pm Monday 12:20pm

Check Out Three Amazing Rocket Launches That All Happened in One Day

What a busy weekend for space exploration. There were three successful lift offs around the world, including two Soyuz launches from opposite sides of the Earth: » 3/30/15 7:00am Monday 7:00am

The Dying Aral Sea Is Like an Abstract Depiction of Human Stupidity

This beautiful satellite image shows one of the most saddening long-term natural disasters on Earth. The black patch in the upper left corner is the remaining body of the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia—which has lost around 90 percent of its water volume since 1960… » 3/27/15 7:55am Friday 7:55am

This Jet Engine Will Take a Car to 1,000MPH

This week, engineers working on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car installed its EJ200 jet engine into the chassis for the first time. Good news: it fits. Bad news: they now have to install kilometers of cabling into the small gaps that are left. [Bloodhound Project] » 3/25/15 7:20am 3/25/15 7:20am

This Air Force Training Scene Could Be From a Dystopian Future

This photo of an emergency management technician in his hazmat suit gives me goosebumps. It looks like he's the last survivor of a derelict spaceship, preparing for the last clash with the hostile alien life form that killed all his crewmates. Or maybe just an actor in a movie where that happens. » 3/24/15 2:20pm 3/24/15 2:20pm

Hubble Gives Us A Wide-Angle View Of An Entire Galaxy

The Hubble telescope is probably best known for its incredible close-up images of everything from star formation to Jupiter's shrinking spots. But my favorite Hubble pics are always the sweeping, broad views of galaxies — and its latest is a real beauty. » 3/24/15 1:00am 3/24/15 1:00am

Check Out This Rare Smoke Ring Created By a Missile Launch 

A US Air Force photographer captured a perfect smoke ring during a missile launch today, an awesome phenomenon I've never seen during a rocket launch before. » 3/23/15 5:01pm 3/23/15 5:01pm

These Huge Beer Keg Tanks Will Study Cosmic Explosions

Located 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico's Volcán Sierra Negra, a new scientific tool comprised of 300 huge tanks holding 55 million liters of water, will soon detect the highest energy photons ever observed. » 3/23/15 9:40am 3/23/15 9:40am

Scientists Use This Laser Flower Instead of Nuclear Explosions 

It might look like something out of a nightclub, but this so-called Wide-angle Optical Multi-channel Probe is straight from the research halls of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. » 3/23/15 7:30am 3/23/15 7:30am

A Badass Way To Kickstart a Hawaiian Weekend

This soldier is running off the back of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter during a simulated combat dive mission on the Hawaiian shoreline. Even if it's hard work, I'd like to be him — and leave behind these screens, and keyboards, and Interwebz. [Lance Cpl. Brittney Vella/U.S. Marine Corps/DoD]) » 3/20/15 7:30pm 3/20/15 7:30pm

Can You Tell What This Is?

This may look like finely crafted sculpture, but you're actually looking at an award-winning photograph of a biological sample. The question is: can you work out exactly what it depicts? » 3/19/15 7:30am 3/19/15 7:30am

Relax, This Is Just A Mini Supernova

This is an image of a 'classical nova'. Sounds boring, right? Not when you describe it as "an outburst produced by a thermonuclear explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star", it's not. » 3/19/15 1:00am 3/19/15 1:00am

Spectacular Night Photos of the New Puma Helicopter 

These night photos of an AF Puma Mk2 helicopter being loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft, illuminated by runway lights at Brize Norton, the largest station of the Royal Air Force, are simply too good to handle. » 3/18/15 3:40pm 3/18/15 3:40pm

There's a Slice of 70s Pop Music in This Photo From the ISS

If you look closely at this photo of U.S. Astronaut Terry Virts, you can discover a neat little phenomenon that looks like a slice of 70s pop in space. » 3/17/15 8:30am 3/17/15 8:30am

Look How Tiny Saturn's Moon Prometheus Is

This may just be another glorious picture of Saturn's rings—but it also serves to show just how large the planet is. Can you make out its moon Prometheus in the image? » 3/17/15 3:45am 3/17/15 3:45am

This Photo of a Russian Cosmonaut Looks Like a Renaissance Painting

This photo of Cosmonaut Elena Serova taken by NASA's Bill Ingalls on March 12th 2015 is a wonderful example of the so called Accidental Renaissance. » 3/16/15 7:00am 3/16/15 7:00am

Living on an Extinct Volcano Looks Amazing From Space

This image was taken from high above the Azores island of São Miguel. Look closer, and you can see the 5 km wide volcanic complex called the Sete Cidades Massif within it. » 3/13/15 8:45am 3/13/15 8:45am