In Africa and Asia, leopards and black panthers are the same animal. Black panthers’ spots blend in with the rest of their coat. But when a team of researchers used a simple hack to modify field cameras, the spots on black panthers were suddenly revealed.
Using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have catalogued 20 previously undetected galaxies that are so bright they belong to an entirely new class of objects, including one that releases 10,000 times more energy than the Milky Way — even though it’s smaller.
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.
Here's something you don't see every day: An ultra-HD time-lapse of Earth, as seen in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.