Breathtaking Illustrations Show The Splendor Of Ringed Planets

Is there any more beautiful than a ringed planet? It's like an instant signifier of an exotic, non-Earth world. And the sight of a ring floating around an entire world is one of the most poetic and astonishing vistas the universe has to offer. And luckily, some immensely talented artists have created illustrations… » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

The Most Grotesque Humanoid Monsters of the Early Modern Age

As the human race emerged from the Middle Ages into the start of modernity, we learned more about the world around us. We also took some wild flights of fancy, however. The humanoid creatures we imagined living around us were bizarre, and in some cases horrifying. See the most disturbing creatures of the early modern… » 3/19/14 3:12pm 3/19/14 3:12pm

Real life laser scientists photographed as B-movie heroes

We don't see scientists portrayed as heroes very often in pop culture these days. Usually, scientists are the ones who unleash something terrible onto the world. But when photographer Robert Shults visited the Texas Petawatt Laser, one of the world's most powerful lasers, he was determined to capture the heroism of… » 2/26/14 6:00pm 2/26/14 6:00pm

These official exoplanet artworks are the next best thing to visiting

Chances are, none of us will live long enough to travel to a planet in another star system. But at least, we can gaze upon dozens of exoplanets right now — thanks to official artworks created by NASA and some of the world's greatest high-tech observatories. Check out our favorite official exoplanet art below. » 2/11/14 3:00pm 2/11/14 3:00pm

A Startling Image That Shows Why Space Junk is a Nightmare

If you saw the movie Gravity, then you know that space debris can be deadly. Some scientists warn that the crud in Earth's orbit may have reached a dangerous "tipping point." But to prove the point, here's an image from artist Michael Najjar that shows every single piece of real-life junk in our orbit. » 12/31/13 12:30pm 12/31/13 12:30pm

The Uncanny Places on Earth That Look Like Alien Worlds

We've made huge strides towards finding exoplanets and surveying the other worlds in our solar system recently — but most of us will never know what it's like to stand on another soil, especially under another sun. Good thing there are a lot of places on Earth that you could easily mistake for strange new worlds. » 10/14/13 3:05pm 10/14/13 3:05pm

One of our favorite science artists sets fire to whiskey

Art-photographer Fabian Oefner uses scientific concepts to create positively captivating images. In this recently released TED talk, the Switzerland-based artists discusses his craft, along with his latest project, The Invisible Dimension. » 10/14/13 11:12am 10/14/13 11:12am

The Forgotten Space Art Pioneer

During the 1920s and 30s, the British photo magazine, the "Illustrated London News," published an article on the work of three artists who were seminal in the founding of modern space art. It included Lucien Rudaux and Chesley Bonestell. The third artist, equally as brilliant, is all but forgotten today. » 10/09/13 9:36am 10/09/13 9:36am

Gorgeously crafted poster art for scientific lectures

Bob Goldstein isn't just an awesome scientist who works with tardigrades (AKA waterbears, the LOLcuties of the microscopic world). He's also a fantastic graphic designer, who creates these rock posters for scientific lectures at UNC Chapel Hill where he works. Check out his latest creations! » 10/04/13 12:58pm 10/04/13 12:58pm