A team of Mars-watchers at the University of Arizona released a family portrait of eight dust devils on Mars, all caught in a single afternoon by the HiRISE camera riding on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Click inside to see the other four …
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.
A giant crack in the ground has opened up near Lysite in central Wyoming. The Crack, as locals call it, is now hundreds of yards (meters) long and still growing.
We’ve been hearing reports of Taurid fireballs! It’s time to start watching for them. Details on the South Taurid shower, and when to watch.
UFODATA wants to make UFO studies a more rigorous science and deploy a global network of automated surveillance stations to watch for UFOs full-time.
UPDATE OCTOBER 31, 2015. Last week heralded as largest known asteroid to pass Earth until 2027. Swept within 1.3 times the moon’s distance on October 31. Now thought to be a comet! Whatever it is, in some images, the large space object that is zipping past Earth this Halloween bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.
Supermassive black hole coronas are mysterious sources of highly energetic particles in the holes’ vicinity. A black hole may flare when its corona launches away from the hole at speeds close to 20 percent the speed of light.
Ghost lights used to be called will-o-the-wisps. They were a weird glow over swamps or bogs. Nowadays, people report strange lights in the sky in all sorts of places. Some are more famous than others. The ghost lights closest to me are in the desert-like Davis Mountains near Marfa, Texas, but you can also see them in the Brown Mountains of North Carolina, and other places in North America. There are modern, very ordinary explanations for these lights. Yet people still love to try to spot them. Follow the links inside to some samples of North American ghost lights.
On Wednesday, the Cassini spacecraft made a daring dive through the icy plume spewing from the South Pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Cassini used this plume dive to sample the gases within Enceladus’ plume. Since the source of the plume is believed to be an underground global ocean – and since the plume contains ice, water vapor and organic molecules – the goal is to judge whether the hidden ocean on Enceladus is suitable for life.
These five animals are as transparent as ghosts … but they’re real!