An Absolutely Massive Volcano Is Exploding In Chile Right Now

Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting yesterday at 7pm local time. First spewing massive ash clouds then, at 10pm, erupting explosively as its fragile structure collapsed inwards. Here’s all the stunning imagery and video; we’ll keep it updated as this develops. You can see it from space! » 4/24/15 3:00am 4/24/15 3:00am

How To Make Smoke Rings With A Water Bottle, A Balloon, And Incense

In high school, I once tried to build a smoke-ring-generating vortex cannon out of a five-gallon paint bucket, a t-shirt, and some dry ice. My contraption was a letdown. It produced weak, wispy rings, and did so inconsistently. This video shows how to build a DIY vortex cannon that actually works. » 3/11/15 10:36pm 3/11/15 10:36pm

How To Hack Your Street Lamps Like An Astronaut

A bright street lamp can ruin a night of stargazing, saturating your retinas with light and washing out the comparatively faint glow of constellations and meteors. Here's a handy hack you can use the next time you need to put one temporarily (and reversibly) out of business, courtesy of NASA astronaut Don Pettit. » 2/20/15 12:46am 2/20/15 12:46am

What Happens When You Step On Molten Lava? This Video May Surprise You

Definitely don't try this at home (or if you happen across a volcanic vent), but if you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed down on hot lava, this video is a must-watch. It's a great lesson in how the reality of lava differs from the way many people think of the substance. » 12/18/14 6:39pm 12/18/14 6:39pm

This Severe Weather Time-Lapse Will Blow You Away

Stormscapes 2 is an arresting time-lapse of severe weather by Nicolaus Wegner. The landscape photographer spent May through September traveling through the central United States, shooting everything from lightning storms to mammatus clouds to supercell formations to rainbows. The end result is outstanding, a must-watch » 12/14/14 2:59am 12/14/14 2:59am

An Ultra HD Time-Lapse Of Earth That Is 100% Worth Watching

It's strange that we can be blasé about space-imagery, our appetites glutted by a steady stream of "mesmerizing," "humbling," and "mindblowing" footage of our planet. It takes more than a view from the ISS to give us pause. So trust us when we say that this video is definitely worth the watch. » 11/20/14 5:59pm 11/20/14 5:59pm

There Is "Epic Movement" In A Water Drop

Directed and animated by artist Sharon Liu, Geronimo! is a whimsical, watercolor-illustrated reminder of the "epic movement we miss in every drop" of water. If you're familiar with the fluid mechanics of water droplets, you'll understand the reference; if you're not, it's high time you learned about coalescence… » 10/30/14 10:32pm 10/30/14 10:32pm

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