Monterey Bay Aquarium rescued an orphaned sea otter pup in January who has now been escorted to Chicago to live at the Shedd Aquarium. The 10-week-old otter will not be able to return to the ocean, since sea otter pups need to stay with their mothers for about nine months in order to learn how to survive in the wild, according to the Shedd Aquarium. Tyson Rininger/Monterey Bay Aquarium

Glow Worms

A photographer captured the blue twinkle of glow worms in a time lapse video of New Zealand’s caves, Wired reported. The bioluminescent worms live in damp environments throughout New Zealand, where they use their blue-green light to lure in other insects to eat.

Glassy Lake

A photographer captured sheets of ice shattering onto the shore of Lake Superior this week. The ice was thin enough that when steady winds blew across the lake, the sheets piled onto the shore like breaking glass.

New Sets of Spots

A cheetah at the San Diego Zoo gave birth to six cubs in November, the zoo announced this week. The zoo says that the litter is an above-average size and the largest to be born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Mapping A Martian Surface

British mapping agency Ordnance Survey used NASA open data to create a map detailing the surface of Mars. Instead of sticking to the style associated with most space maps, cartographer Chris Wesson says he wanted to use traditional mapping aesthetics to create the design.

Planetary Nebula Hen 2-437

Hen 2-437 is one of about 3,000 planetary nebulae that exists in the milky way. They form when a dying low mass star swells then shrinks into a white dwarf, ejecting gaseous material that creates the shimmering blue lobes of the nebula pictured here.

Bahama Blues

Scott Kelly shared a stunning of the turquoise hue of the Bahamas from space.


NASA is moving forward with construction of their Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), shown here in an artist’s rendering. It will offer a view 100 times bigger than that provided by the Hubble Space Telescope and could help the space agency explore more outside the milky way and better understand dark energy and dark matter.

Hairy Panic Takes Over

A tumbleweed called hairy panic has taken over a town in Australia. Outbreaks of the rapidly growing weed happen across the country every year, but a drought in one city has resulted in hairy panic piling up to roof-heights, according to The Guardian.

Is Anybody Out There?

The Chinese government plans to start constructing the world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope this year. One of the giant device’s uses will be to search for extraterrestrial life.