Turns out that the first men and women to visit Mars might be in for a show. Experts from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and several respectable institutes have determined that full and colorful auroras occasionally streak across the Red Planet's skies - confirmation that visible versions of the phenomenon occur on terrestrial planets other than Earth.
NASA's spacecraft New Horizons is quickly approaching the small and icy world of Pluto, and already it is offering us a never-before-seen perspective. As it closes in for a historic fly-by in mid-July, the spacecraft can already see what experts suspect is a broad and bright polar ice cap.
Being a vet doesn't always seem like an exciting job. Sure, meeting and saving furry friends has its own brand of gratification, but it's not the kind of work that will get your blood pumping. That's not so for Dr. Scott Sims, a veterinarian who moved to Hawaii in 2001 to take on a whole new kind of work day. He recently spoke with Nature World News (NWN) about his practice, his passions, and the reality TV show that has been part of his life for the greater part of the last year.
The first color snapshot ever taken of Pluto (below) has just come in from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft - a historic milestone for the probe as it continues to move in on the dwarf planet. This unique imagery also offers new insight on distant Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.
Rambo the octopus is arguably one of the most unique (and inexpensive) photographers for hire in history. Charging a modest $2 per visitor, Rambo will snap your picture with a Sony Cybershot from her tank - a task she reportedly learned to do in only three tries.
Normally when we see pictures from space, they are in black and white, causing many to think that any world that isn't a planet must have dusty and colorless landscapes in the otherwise brilliant heavens. Now, however, new images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft challenge that notion, showing us that the massive asteroid known as Ceres is far more colorful than initial black-and-white images suggest.
Florida state is a bit infamous for the crazy things its people do, but what about its wildlife? One lucky photographer recently caught a local bobcat fishing for shark on a local beach. Now people are no-doubt wondering, "is that normal?!"
Celebrated photographer Christopher Ameruoso has spent a career photographing creatures large and small – in addition to snapping portraits of Hollywood celebrities. Here he trained his microscopic lens on a common garden snail who visited his patio and was content to make a meal out of a discarded Cherrio. Who knew snails like breakfast cereal?
An amazing new photo taken Monday captured the rare moment of a weasel "riding" on the back of a woodpecker, though it wasn't all fun and games.
For the first time ever, researchers have managed to capture on camera light behaving as both a particle and a wave, a new study describes.
Although the media has egregiously been playing up the "snowmageddon" since winter storm Juno made her way across the East Coast, the US has still been experiencing some record cold, with local complaining that they haven't felt so chilled in years. Now NASA and the NOAA are here to tell us that it wasn't all in our heads, releasing satellite imagery that show an utterly frozen over eastern US.
A pair of bald eagles in Decorah, Iowa surprised armchair bird watchers Wednesday night when a livecam feed captured the female eagle laying an egg. By Thursday, news of the egg had spread like wildfire, with the eagle camera's UStream page racking up 4,000 to 5,000 viewers at a time. Overall, the page has been visited nearly 309 million times.
NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) snapped its 100 millionth image of the Sun since it launched into orbit back in 2010. Now, to commemorate this milestone, a pair of NASA's top scientists involved in the mission selected some of their most favorite images. We've selected the best of those best to share with you.
Here's not something you see every day. The Hubble Heritage Project (HHP) and the European Space Agency (ESA) released an image of what looks like the rainbow-hued rays of a lighthouse in the middle of space. So what is it really?
You definitely haven't seen bugs like these before. Sculptor Justin Gershenson-Gates has recently started crafting insects and arachnids with watch parts and various other odds and ends, creating some unique creatures that are remarkably similar to their living inspirations.