This Extraordinary Shot Of Jupiter Was Taken From The Earth's Surface

Normally, images as detailed as this infrared shot of Jupiter can only be captured by space-based telescopes or planetary probes. But this picture, taken with a special camera on the Subaru Telescope, was captured from our planet's surface. » 2/10/15 6:40am 2/10/15 6:40am

Under the Right Conditions, Humans Can See Infrared

Humans can't see infrared. That's why we fear animals like snakes, bed bugs, and the Predator. No longer must we live with this fear! Scientists have shown that, under certain circumstances, our retinas actually can detect infrared light. » 12/02/14 10:06am 12/02/14 10:06am

A Halo Of Young Stars Rings This Galaxy In Bright Infrared Light

An outer ring of baby stars glows brightly in infrared around a core of cooler, older stars. A faint S-bar in the middle identifies NGC 1291 as a barred galaxy. » 11/23/14 3:41pm 11/23/14 3:41pm

Thermal Camera Shows What It Looks Like When You Pee Or Get Turned On

Have you every wondered what the world would look like if you could observe mundane tasks like smoking, frying an egg, kissing, showering, and eating in infrared Predator vision? This video uses a thermographic camera to show the heat emitted during various activities. » 11/18/14 2:40pm 11/18/14 2:40pm

Is Earth's infrared radiation a potential energy source?

At any given moment, our planet bleeds 100 million gigawatts of infrared radiation back into space. Needless to say, converting this wasted heat to a renewable energy source would be a sure-fire game changer. Physicists from Harvard University may have just figured out how to do it. » 3/04/14 12:20pm 3/04/14 12:20pm

Infrared film turns a war zone into a pink fantasy landscape

Many photographers play with the way infrared photography transforms mundane landscapes into cotton candy fantasy lands. The Richard Mosse-directed video installation The Enclave goes a step further, juxtaposing those landscapes against the lives of rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. » 10/06/13 3:46pm 10/06/13 3:46pm

The Earth Looks Gorgeously Fragile in Infrared

Our planet looks very different, when viewed in infrared light from space. Astronaut Don Pettit shoots footage of huge swathes of our planet from the International Space Station — first using a regular camera, and then using a camera that films in infrared. Take a look at glowing red forests and strangely blue lakes. » 5/11/12 12:40pm 5/11/12 12:40pm

Interactive tool lets you scan all of the Milky Way's billion stars

The stars you see above represent just one tiny selection from an absolutely gargantuan new image of the Milky Way's galactic plane. Combining thousands of images taken over the last two years, it's the ultimate landscape of the night sky. » 3/29/12 10:27am 3/29/12 10:27am

A colossal "superwind" is blowing all across this galaxy

Galaxy M82 isn't just having kind of a blustery day — thanks to a recent near-collision with another galaxy, all its massive stars and supernovas are combining to create a massive galaxy-wide superwind. The result is that huge haze of red gas. » 3/26/12 11:45am 3/26/12 11:45am

NASA releases infrared map of the entire universe

After fourteen years of preparation and three years of collecting data, we now have an atlas of the entire infrared sky. This image is just the capstone for a cosmic map that contains 18000 images and 560 million different objects. » 3/15/12 4:40pm 3/15/12 4:40pm

Behold the eerie infrared glow of the Sombrero Galaxy

This gorgeous infrared image offers a colorful spin on this famous Hubble image of the Sombrero Galaxy. It's actually a spiral galaxy much like the Milky Way...even if it looks more like a giant floating ring than anything else. » 3/11/12 4:30pm 3/11/12 4:30pm

NASA discovers enough carbon mega-molecules to fill 10,000 Mount…

They might be microscopic, but as far as molecules go, buckyballs are absolutely gigantic. These soccer ball shaped molecules are made of 60 carbon molecules each, and new data from the Spitzer Telescope suggest they are everywhere in the universe. » 2/22/12 3:58pm 2/22/12 3:58pm

This butterfly could hold the secret to letting you see in the dark

The opalescent wings of the Morpho butterfly embody a perfect marriage of aesthetic beauty and biological functionality. Scientists believe that a better understanding of this creature's wings and their chemical makeup could have big implications for imaging technologies like night vision goggles that rely on sensing… » 2/15/12 12:00pm 2/15/12 12:00pm

This eye-popping mosaic takes us inside the beautiful Carina Nebula

We've looked at the Carina Nebula before, but we've never looked into it. While the nebula is plenty beautiful in regular optical wavelengths, this infrared image allows us to peer behind the thick gas clouds to see the gorgeousness inside. » 2/08/12 11:33am 2/08/12 11:33am

How Earth would look to aliens who see in infrared

The CERES Experiment is a NASA project that measures Earth's incoming and outgoing energy. The picture above is a look at Earth's reflected heat energy, as it would be seen from space. » 2/03/12 7:30am 2/03/12 7:30am

Nearby super-Earth might be the Predator's real-life home planet

This newly discovered planet is just 22 light-years away. Its discoverers are calling it the "new best candidate" to support water, and possibly life. The planet's unique features could even make it the ideal home for creatures like the Predator! » 2/02/12 3:02pm 2/02/12 3:02pm

What's going on with these mysterious, ultra-red galaxies?

Four newly discovered galaxies are so dim, so dusty, so impossibly distant that even the Hubble telescope couldn't spot them. But that's not all: these galaxies are so insanely red that astronomers are declaring them a new "species" of galaxy. » 12/04/11 4:00pm 12/04/11 4:00pm

One of the galaxy's youngest stars surrounds itself with massive nebula

A giant star known as IRS 4 is one of the rare stars that's actually younger than the human race. Formed just 100,000 years ago, it's already leaving its mark on the cosmos, creating that huge hourglass-shaped nebula. » 11/08/11 10:30am 11/08/11 10:30am

NASA solves an 1,800 year old supernova mystery

In 185 CE, Chinese astronomers reported the presence of an incredibly bright "guest star" that appeared suddenly in the sky and stayed there for months. This was the first recorded supernova...and astronomers are only now understanding what it really is. » 10/25/11 3:00pm 10/25/11 3:00pm