Marvel At The Truly Awesome Sight (And Sound) Of A Volcanic Blast

Check out this fantastic footage of Papua New Guinea's Mount Tavurvur ejecting untold heaps of lava, rock, and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Between the striking burst of clouds above the volcano and the jarring boom of the delayed shockwave, this is one of the most dramatic eruption videos we've ever seen. » 9/07/14 10:33pm 9/07/14 10:33pm

Here Are Four Months of Storms Condensed into a Two Minute Video

We often see animated satellite images of storms over the Atlantic that show us 12- or 24-hour loops, but how about a satellite loop that lasts 2,150 hours? An ambitious YouTuber created this awesome time lapse video showing four months of storms over the western Pacific in just two minutes. » 9/01/14 3:20am 9/01/14 3:20am

Lightning Destroyed the Zephyrometer in a Fireball Yesterday

The New Zealand capital's famed Zephyrometer, a weathery sculpture that stands a little over 100 feet tall, met its demise after a thunderstorm struck Wellington on Thursday and a bolt of lightning destroyed the sculpture in a fireball, hurling its fiery remains onto the street below. » 8/16/14 5:07am 8/16/14 5:07am

SpaceX Soft Landing Successful, But Video Corrupted

SpaceX pulled off their soft-landing with the stage one rocket during the Falcon 9 launch, but stormy seas prevented the landing ship from meeting it. The rocket hovered for 8 seconds before stuttering out and fell into the ocean. They got video of the landing, but it's corrupted. They tried to clean it up, and it's… » 5/01/14 8:00am 5/01/14 8:00am

What would it look like from Earth if the Moon were a giant disco ball?

So, technically, this is what it would look like if the Moon were a disco ball AND orbited Earth at the same distance as the International Space Station, i.e. roughly 420 kilometers (260 miles) above the surface of the Earth. But that doesn't make it any less incredible looking. » 4/05/14 3:57pm 4/05/14 3:57pm

A sobering reminder of the risks inherent to space exploration

Via YouTuber Fabio Baccaglioni comes a solemn compilation of rocket launch failures, from the early days of space exploration to present. That it's just shy of 32 minutes long is a testament to something that can't be overemphasized: getting to space is hard. It's grueling, it's dangerous, and, as we all know too… » 3/15/14 5:15pm 3/15/14 5:15pm