Philae Bouncing Off the Comet, Caught in Amazing Rosetta Images

Everyone's favorite underdog lander, Philae, was traveling at about 1.6 feet per second as she zoomed towards the formidable chunk of ice and rock known as 67P. That was slow enough that her mothership Rosetta was actually able to capture the descent in images released today by the ESA. » 11/17/14 10:31am 11/17/14 10:31am

This Incredible Aurora Is 2014's Best Astronomy Photograph

Another year, and another set of winners of the Royal Observatory's Best Astronomy Photographer. This year's overall winner is this insane shot of an aurora captured over a glacier, which is so other-wordly it looks like it was made with special effects. » 9/19/14 5:00am 9/19/14 5:00am

Wikimedia Won't Take Down This Photo Because a Monkey Took It

Time and time again, British nature photographer David Slater has asked the editors of Wikipedia to stop using his photos without permission. Unfortunately for Slater, at least in the eyes of the Wikimedia Foundation, they're not quite his photos—because the monkey pressed the shutter. » 8/06/14 10:15am 8/06/14 10:15am

Four Thanksgiving Dishes, From You

Every family has their own quirky, delicious, and closely guarded recipes they make for each Thanksgiving. For this week's Shooting Challenge, you documented (and shared) those delectable dishes...even though at least one was just off the back of the box...and one of you still won't tell. » 12/03/13 2:20pm 12/03/13 2:20pm

This Dried-Up Salt Lake Lets Satellites Set Their White Balance

This image shows a great white expanse on the surface of Earth, but it's not snow or super-fine sand: in fact, it's a dried up salt lake in Turkey called Lake Tersakan—and satellites even use it as a calibration tool. » 9/02/13 10:30am 9/02/13 10:30am

Shooting Challenge: Old School 3D

You kids and your fancy shutter glasses, your animated GIFs, your drugs and your binocular vision. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we're going old school. We're going red and blue, Biff's friend in Back to the Future, anaglyph 3D. » 11/14/12 4:40pm 11/14/12 4:40pm

100 Gorgeous Photos Of Fall Leaves

Fall. It's the most beautiful time of year. And over the past few months, Gizmodo photographers have been documenting the yellows, oranges and browns of the season. Here are 100 beautiful entries in this year's Fall Shooting Challenge. » 11/13/12 2:00pm 11/13/12 2:00pm

75 Reflective Photographs of Reflections

I have no idea why it's so captivating. But capturing, not just an object, but its reflection is an effective photographic motif as old as photographs themselves. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, you mastered the technique. » 6/05/12 2:00pm 6/05/12 2:00pm

This 1960s Skater Looks Like a Time Traveler From 2012

As I was sifting through this excellent LIFE photograph archive of skateboarding in the 1960's, I noticed something a little off. Amidst the flooded dress pants, sweater jackets and generally well dressed people of the 1960's, was this guy. Jeans. Shirt. Shades. Devil may care attitude. He looks like a dude who just… » 2/24/12 4:00pm 2/24/12 4:00pm

WhatWasHere Creates Historical Maps Using Crowd Sourced Photographs

WhatWasHere is a project that uploads historic photographs to Google Maps so you can see what a location looked like in the past. Photos can be uploaded through the WhatWasHere website or via an iPhone app. » 9/16/11 12:21am 9/16/11 12:21am

World's First Images of The Earth Taken From The Moon's Orbit

It was 45-years ago today that NASA's Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped several photos of the Earth while the craft was orbiting the moon. It's our first real glimpse of the Earth from such a vantage point. » 8/23/11 11:30pm 8/23/11 11:30pm

The Rainbow Clouds of Everest

There aren't many sights in nature more breathtaking than Mt. Everest—especially when put against the unexpected backdrop of these stunning rainbow clouds. Captured by photographer Oleg Bartunov on a recent journey through the Himalyas, the phenomenon is the result of light reflected off of minuscule ice crystals in… » 3/16/11 5:20pm 3/16/11 5:20pm

Shooting Challenge: Oil on Water

I'm not asking that you get all preachy, but with BP's ongoing disaster, the topic for this week's Shooting Challenge is irresistible: Capture oil on water. » 6/02/10 3:25pm 6/02/10 3:25pm

How The Camera Has Made Us All Voyeurs

Are you a voyeur? Or just a bit nosey? Happier watching from the fringes than in the thick of it? Don't be too hard on yourself: technology may be to blame. » 5/28/10 5:20pm 5/28/10 5:20pm