Lightning researcher Arthur Few says he had probably looked at the two images of the May 3, 2008, volcanic lightning storm dozens of times before he noticed it: weird green channels of lightning. The volcano was Chaiten in Chile, which produced a spectacular light show caught by photographer Carlos Gutierrez. Read more…
Ah yes, “Green Lightning”: tequila, whisky, fresh-squeezed lime…
Colonel Chris Hadfield is a man of firsts. He was the first Canadian to carry out a spacewalk, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station and the first person in history to record a produced music video in space. Because of his unique ability to captivate the world, bringing a focus on space station science and what it’s like to live in space, Discovery News is proud to announce that Hadfield has been selected as the first DNews Person of the Year!Read our exclusive interview with Chris
One of the most humble, fun, cool guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to interview. More articles to come after this!
Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner who went on to become South Africa’s first black president, died Thursday. He was 95. Mandela received around the clock intensive care from military and other doctors since September, when he was discharged from a nearly three-month hospital stay for a lung infection.
Astronomers have found a mind-bogglingly large structure — so big it takes light 10 billion years to traverse — in a distant part of the universe.
The discovery poses a conundrum to a fundamental tenet of modern cosmology, which posits that matter should appear to be distributed uniformly if viewed at a large enough scale. Read more
Comet ISON is currently diving through the inner solar system, soon to make a close approach with the sun on Nov. 28. Known as a “sungrazer comet,” ISON will dive deep into the sun’s corona, enduring the intense multi-million degree plasma and powerful solar energy. Since the “pristine” comet was discovered in September 2012, ground-based observatories, space probes and space telescopes alike have been trying to grab a glimpse of what could be the “Comet of the Century” should it survive its solar close approach. Although many of the space missions were not designed to take snapshots of comets, it hasn’t stopped many from trying and contributing valuable science as we continue to track ISON’s progress. View the gallery