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10 Amazing Facts About Neptune

Neptune is a fascinating planet. For example, its most memorable characteristic is its glorious blue hue.

Meet The Oldest Trees on Earth

Trees are some of the oldest organisms on the planet. While our lives pass by in the blink of an eye, many trees stand as silent witnesses—watching century after century roll on.

Imagining a Holographic Universe:

(Image Credit: David A. Aguilar/CfA) Black-holes are difficult to understand because their primary characteristic —  that they destroy the matter they consume — contradicts a law of physics that says the opposite is true.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/25/14 – The Whirlpool Galaxy As You’ve Never Seen it Before

The Whirlpool galaxy (also known as Messier 51) is one of the most instantly recognizable galaxies known to man, and for good reason too.

Sleeping Beauty Galaxy

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI) — with Mark L Geisinger, Jeri Coffin and Seenivasan CK.

The Solar Storm that Almost Destroyed Human Civilization

Image Credit: STEREO Solar storms are one of the most frightening doomsday scenarios that endanger us today, in the modern era of electricity.

Second “Mysterious” Massive Hole Suddenly Appeares in Siberia

  Siberian hole. Image via Siberian Times This massive hole recently appeared in Siberia (shown is the first hole).

What Impact Does Gravity Have on Photons?

A gravitational lens mirage. Image via ESA/Hubble & NASA Although Gravity is the weakest of the four fundamental forces, it dominates the universe.

How Long Do We Have Until We Exhaust All Of Our Resources?

Question: With the current human population, and its rate of expansion, together with the rate of consumption of natural resources, how long until the human race reaches a point of no return, and we simply have nothing left?

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 7/24/14 – Centaurus A

Credit: Rolf Olsen Thanks to the combined work of Hubble’s  sensitive Advanced Camera for Surveys and its Wide Field Camera 3, astronomers have seen a stunning glimpse into the mechanism powering the huge halos that surround galaxies.

Astronauts Can See Explosions in Gaza From The ISS

Image Credit: Alexander Gerst Much of the time, pictures of Earth from space are enjoyable and beautiful things.

China: Authorities Cut Off City After Man Succumbs to Plague

The Yersinia pestis bacteria that causes the plague. Via CDC The city of Yumen, China entered crisis mode earlier this week after a man succumbed to the plague.

Meet The World’s Oldest Bottle of Wine

The Pfalz Historical Museum in Germany houses this ancient bottle of wine. This beauty is believed to be the oldest bottle of wine in the world.

How a Single Number Can Change the Universe:

This is the star forming region LH 95 (Credit: Hubble Heritage Team) Question: How do fundamental constants affect the Universe?

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 7/23/14 – NGC 3227 & NGC 3226

Image Credit: Kent Biggs These two stunning interacting galaxies might look very similar to the Whirlpool galaxy, but they are not.

Where Are the Sunspots?

Image Credit: SDO The past couple of days have been weird, the Sun has gone quiet. We are currently in the middle of solar maximum, which is the time during the sun’s 11 year cycle that our home star is suppose to be extremely active.

40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

Image: Sam Van Aken This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one.

30,000 Year Old Virus Revived by Scientists

The revived Pithovirus dates back more than 30,000 years. Credit: Julia Bartoli & Chantal Abergel, IGS, CNRS/AMU There are a lot of old things in the world: Tortoises that have been around for centuries, trees that have seen some nine thousand years, and even a few mad-made structures that have witnessed the passing of almost six millennia.

Three Years of the Sun in Three Minutes (Video)

Let’s be honest, we all spend a bit too much time with technology. It’s currently 85º F (29º C) where I live, and am I outside enjoying the weather?

Did Time Exist Before the Big Bang?

(Image via Lacza) Before we can answer the part about the big bang, we must first delve into the potentially speculative nature of time.