Betelgeuse made everybody think it was going to explode in a spectacular supernova. It turns out the star just belched and shrouded itself in dust.
A passenger on the boat with LGBTQ flags told Insider that the woman on the exploding vessel had repeatedly shouted "gays" at his family.
Satellites orbiting Earth photographed the most devastating and world-changing events of the year from above. When wildfires engulfed Australia, protests erupted across the US, and a historic astronaut mission launched, satellites tracked it all. The 21 satellite images below also reveal oil spills, explosions, and pandemic lockdowns. Visit Business Insider’s […]
SpaceX launched – and blew up – a 16-story prototype of its Starship rocket system on Wednesday. Despite the explosive landing of the vehicle, called Starship SN8 (serial No. 8), SpaceX founder Elon Musk hailed the ambitious test as a big success. SpaceX placed a robotic tracking camera at SN8’s […]
Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, suffered a catastrophic explosion at its port on Tuesday. Authorities believe the blast was caused by the ignition of 2,750 tons of confiscated and abandoned ammonium nitrate fertiliser. Comparisons of satellite images taken before and after the explosion reveal the extent of the damage from above. At […]
An explosion at a port rocked the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least dozens of people. As videos of the explosion spread across social-media sites, some observers likened the appearance of a mushroom cloud to that of an atomic bomb. The Lebanese prime minister has said […]
SpaceX’s fourth Starship prototype was destroyed during a test-firing operation on Friday in Boca Chica, Texas. The three previous Starship prototypes also failed and were destroyed during tests at the site, though by bursting or collapsing after being filled with inert liquid nitrogen (not explosive fuel). Elon Musk, the founder […]
Rowley SFX specialise in explosive effects, and have worked on the BBC’s “Peaky Blinders” as well as Netflix’s “The Stranger.” We visited them at their workshop just outside of Leeds in the north of England. More and more movies rely on visual effects to create impressive explosions, but companies like […]
SpaceX just completed a “risky” and explosive test that was designed to show its Crew Dragon capsule can whisk astronauts to safety in the event of a rocket failure. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10:30 a.m. ET but was intentionally shut down about 84 seconds into its […]
SpaceX just completed a crucial safety test that’s designed to show its Crew Dragon capsule is ready to carry astronauts to space. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 10:30 a.m. ET, but mission controllers intentionally shut off its engines about 84 seconds into the flight. At that moment, […]
Multiple rockets landed near the US Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday evening, marking the second such attack in the past day. The police told multiple outlets that six people were wounded as three rockets landed in the city’s heavily secured Green Zone and three others landed nearby. US entities in […]
The red super-giant star Betelgeuse has dramatically dimmed, leading to speculation of an imminent supernova. But that may not happen for 1 million years. A more common but less widely known way for stars to die is a red nova: When a bigger star rips a smaller one to shreds […]
SpaceX plans to try launching and landing a Mars rocket prototype on Monday night in South Texas. Ahead of the launch of the vehicle, called Starhopper, police handed out printed notices to a small residential community nearby, warning of a possible “overpressure event” (i.e. an explosion). A 27-year resident of […]
A popular Reddit thread suggested a US scientist once lit his cigarette with a nuclear explosion. The story appears to be true: The theoretical physicist Ted Taylor ignited a smoke with thermal energy released by a test blast on June 1, 1952, according to a book published in 1986. Taylor […]
SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, has built a new spaceship for NASA astronauts called Crew Dragon. The seven-person capsule made its first uncrewed spaceflight in March. It was supposed to fly astronauts this summer. But the same Crew Dragon spaceship exploded on April 20 during a ground […]
Hollywood loves ridiculous explosions – and movie stars usually walk away from them unscathed. We had Columbia University explosives engineer Rodger Cornell rate five more explosion scenes from action movies to tell how realistic these scenes are. This time, Rodger looked at scenes from “The Rundown,” “No Country for Old […]