Photo of the Day

A view of the Milky Way through as crystal ball as captured by astronomer Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mateos.
June 22, 2018, 9:34 a.m.
Astronomer Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mateos' test of a crystal ball as an astrophotography lens results in some celestial magic.
wild jaguar closeup
June 19, 2018, 9:27 a.m.
The population of this iconic big cat grew by 20 percent over the last 8 years.
A heavily crevassed outlet glacier in Western Palmer Land, Antarctica.
June 14, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Antarctica ice loss was only contributing 0.2 millimeters per year to sea level rise, but that number has jumped to 0.6 millimeters since 2012.
Spectacular sunset with baobab and giraffe on african savannah
June 12, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
A startling number of the oldest and largest baobab trees have crumbled.
blue-tongued skink
June 8, 2018, 12:43 p.m.
The lizard waits until the last moment in an attack to reveal a surprising detail about its tongue.
A mountain gorilla peeks out from the jungle foliage of Rwanda.
June 5, 2018, 12:14 p.m.
The mountain gorilla population is rebounding in the Virunga mountain area.
Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel spokeless Ferris wheel, Weifang, Shandong province
May 31, 2018, 7:11 a.m.
The Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel in China stands 476 feet tall and takes 30 minutes to complete a rotation.
little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus
May 30, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
A new study reveals mosquito DNA in the guano of two widespread North American bat species.
A zombie ant with the brain-manipulating fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis
May 29, 2018, 1:23 p.m.
A complex web of connections allows the fungus to control the ant's movements.