This Timelapse Video of Radio Observatories is Just Breathtaking

With gold-plated space telescopes promising to discover distant worlds and unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe, radio astronomy can sometimes feel a bit passé. But lest you think the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is no longer sexy, a glorious new photo collection featuring radio observatories… »Today 8:25pm12/01/15 8:25pm


Video: Imagining how beautiful cities would look without light pollution

It’s easy to remember how big the universe is when you can just stare up at the night sky and find an uncountable number of stars and see every color of the cosmos staring right back at you. But it’s not like that anymore. Now we’re surrounded by city lights of our own creation and hiding the rest of the universe… »4/21/15 11:41pm4/21/15 11:41pm

No, Artificial Light Is Not Destroying the Rain Forest (Yet)

A disturbing series of headlines made their way around the internet this week. "Artificial Light Is Now Harming Rain Forests," read one at Vice News. Smithsonian went with the more sedate, "Restoring Cut Rainforests Might Not Work Well If There's Light Pollution Nearby." That's bad news for rain forests! Except it's… »3/12/14 8:20pm3/12/14 8:20pm