Incredible photo of the Milky Way rising over green and violet auroras

A long exposure photo by masterful Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand is featured once again on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day: Double aurora ovals—green and violet—over the town of Östersund, Sweden, with the Milky Way covering the entire sky. What an awesome world we live in. » 9/09/14 11:10pm 9/09/14 11:10pm

Time lapse of an airport makes airplanes look like shooting stars

Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, airplanes are magical places. Okay, maybe not. But there's beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of airplanes at Shanghai's airport. It's like seeing man made shooting stars. » 8/14/14 9:35pm 8/14/14 9:35pm

Zigzagging light of unknown origin spotted in Hawaii (Updated)

There's nothing more befuddling than looking up at the sky and seeing a strange light appear out of nowhere. Your adult brain tells you it can't be what you want it to be but when you check with adult-brained officials, they're clueless too. That's what just happened in Hawaii. A mysterious zigzagging light popped up… » 5/21/14 5:10am 5/21/14 5:10am

Watch a massive thunderstorm form in this timelapse

Man, this looks like some end of the world type weather. It's the type of thunderstorm I'd see in a movie and think the CGI was too fake. It's the type of supercell I'd see in real life and think it's all over for everybody. It remind us how small we are, how incredible (and scary!) nature can be and how damn cool it… » 5/19/14 8:01pm 5/19/14 8:01pm

I wish stars really left these mesmerizing star trails in the night sky

It's not fair. Time lapses and fancy cameras get these fantastic images of star trails that paint a starry night onto the sky and yet when we look up, we see nothing. Even when the stars are glistening, we don't get to see the mesmerizing hook of its trail spinning around us. Wouldn't it be awesome if night looked… » 2/24/14 10:17pm 2/24/14 10:17pm

I Can't Believe This Alien Orange Bubble Sky Actually Appeared on Earth

The sky is blue! Only when it's not gray. Or purple. Or red. Or orange. The clouds are white! Only when they're not gray. Or even darker than that. Basically, the clouds and sky can be anything. But can the sky be a creamsicle orange bubbly thing that looks like we're on an alien planet? Apparently so. » 7/30/13 8:00pm 7/30/13 8:00pm

It's Amazing That the Same View of the Same Ocean and the Same Sky Can…

Here's a wonderfully colorful photo project by photographer Robert Weingarten that shows how psychedelic our world can get. Weingarten took a photo at 6:30 in the morning of the same view of Santa Monica Bay from his home in Malibu for an entire year. Even with all that sameness, each photo captures something… » 4/01/13 10:00pm 4/01/13 10:00pm

Photographing Bikini-Clad Surfers in Paradise Is a Tough Job, but…

Costa Rica isn't just a Central American nation whose chief exports include coffee, electronic components, and utter relaxation — it's also where we sent pro-skiier-turned-photographer Scott Rinckenberger as part of our Intel-Inspired Ultrabook™ Shooting Challenge. So if you picked this land of surf and sun, you… » 10/24/12 11:59am 10/24/12 11:59am

A Look at the Craziest Competitive Gamers You’ve Ever Seen

San Francisco has its share of landmarks: The Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, wherever Rice-A-Roni came from. But for white-knuckle competitive gamers, the city has just one true destination: Southtown Arcade — a tiny storefront by the Stockton Tunnel that houses Frisco's last outpost for hardcore gamers. So when… » 10/10/12 11:59am 10/10/12 11:59am

Shooting Bands In America's Live Music Capital Is as Badass as It Sounds

Austin's the answer! The capital of Texas is also a capital of live music, and home to enough promising bands to fill its endless rows of it's-a-miracle-the-neighbors-don't-complain music venues on a nightly basis. It's also where we sent photographer Diana Levine for the latest installment of our Intel-Inspired… » 9/12/12 11:59am 9/12/12 11:59am