Earth Facing Sixth Mass Extinction

The Earth may be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, due to human activity, according to the academic journal Science. The Earth’s most recent mass extinction event occurred roughly 65 million years ago, when an asteroid wiped out…

Asteroid Near Earth Is “Disconcerting” For Experts

“What would you do if an asteroid were about to hit Earth?” You know, there’s a lot of “doom-porn” circulating about this near-earth asteroid due to whiz by Sunday morning. And that’s alright; a little rational fear helps spur us…

‘The Beast’ Asteroid Set to Pass Earth on June 8th

On Sunday, June 8th, an asteroid nicknamed “The Beast” will approach uncomfortably close to the Earth – 3.25 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, to be exact. The passing is uncomfortable for a couple of reasons: 1)…

Earth Hour: Throwing Shade At Poor Or Good Cause?

The lights went out over many of the globe’s major landmarks last night. From the Great Wall of China and pyramids of Egypt to the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben, there was worldwide participation in the name of the annual…

Asteroid 2014: Cosmic Monster Missed Earth This Morning

A couple million miles may not sound like much of a “close call” with an asteroid. But compare it to the vast and empty light years upon light years surrounding this oxygenated rock ball we ride around on in infinite…

Winter Solstice: Prepare For A Really Long Night

Saturday night, Dec. 21st will be the longest night of the year — it will be Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that North America will get only 9 hours and 32 minutes of sunshine as the night…

8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way

The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks…

Saturn Moon Titan Has Something Earth Needs

Our solar system seems to be shrinking. Planning on moving to Mars? The idea sounded crazy in the past; however, recent strides show that this may become a reality within the near future. Now evidence has surfaced that a moon…

Life on Earth Can Last At Least Another 1.75 Billion Years

In a new study conducted at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, researchers have estimated that the earth will be able to support life for another 1.75 to 3.25 billion years, unless there’s a nuclear holocaust, a…

Google Earth Timelapse Imagery Called ‘Most Comprehensive’ Of Planet Ever

Google has made it possible for Internet users to look at historical imagery of the Earth’s surface over time. The company has been working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME on the Timelapse project, and is releasing…

Earth Day 2013 Celebrated with Interactive Google Doodle

For Earth Day 2013, Google is celebrating with an interactive doodle that lets you experience much of what nature has to offer – in animated form, of course. Google’s Earth Day doodle lets you change the seasons, weather, moon, and…

Radiation Belt Around Earth Discovered by NASA

NASA this week revealed that its Van Allen Probes have discovered a third radiation belt around the Earth. Before now, the Earth’s Van Allen belts were thought to be two belts of radiation surrounding the planet. The newly discovered belt…

Mapping The Moon And Mars Discussed At Google

Google put up a new At Google talk with Ross Beyer from the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute and Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, who discusses making maps to explore the Earth, the Moon and…

NASA Releases Spectacular New Views of the Earth at Night

A new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite has taken photos of the unclouded Earth at night that are of higher detail than any before. NASA today released the images to the public, providing updated desktop wallpapers…

Van Allen Probes Probe Earth’s Radiation Belts

NASA this week revealed that the early findings from its Van Allen Probes, which are uncovering the mysteries of Earth’s radiation belts, are already helping researcher’s determine just how much influence the sun has over Earth’s magnetosphere. The probes, launched…

Life on Earth Visualized As One Single Day (and Animated)

A better understanding of our world through short, easy-to-understand animations? Count me in. If you were looking to ruminate on the origins of life, here’s a nice little video that takes you from the first single-celled organism to the present…

Mars Orbiting Satellite Catches Breathtaking Images

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched on August 12, 2005 with the express mission of taking hi-resolution photos of the Martian surface. The first photos were returned on September 29 2006 of the Martian surface. The photos below are of…

HD Earth From Space: Taken Using 4 Light Spectrums

Russian weather satellite Elektro-L is in geostationary orbit, over 22000 miles above the equator. It sends photos to Earth every thirty minutes. The image above is one of them. It combines four light wavelengths, three visible and one infrared. That…

Unemployed Game Developer Makes Awesome Solar System

Christopher Albeluhn found himself unemployed after 7 years as a game developer. Realizing he needed to update his portfolio, he started to work on building a planet Earth in a Unreal Engine 3 as a simple test for a shader…

Asteroid DA14 Misses Earth In Animated, Data-Backed Video

For those of you still fretting that Earth will get smacked with a 40 meter-wide asteroid next year even though reliable experts have said that these fears are overstated, here’s a computer-animated rendering of how exactly Earth won’t be in…