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Photo of crowd watching video presentation on large Hyperwall screen
Dec 9, 2016
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Solar System
Dec 7, 2016
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn’s atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission.
view of outer edges of Saturn's main rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft
Dec 2, 2016
The NASA Science CYGNSS mission is scheduled to launch on December 12, 2016 and will probe the inner core of hurricanes.
Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)
Dec 2, 2016
Toolkits are compilations of free downloadable resources with various science themes.  For example, toolkits may contain ready-to-print posters, social media graphics,  or bookmark templates . Topics include Mars, total solar eclipses, and science calendars.  Explore and download... Read More
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Sun, Our Sun
Nov 30, 2016
Imagine standing around a roaring campfire, roasting s’mores. You feel the warmth of the flames as the marshmallows crackle. Now back away. You get cooler, right? That's not how it works on the sun. The visible surface of the sun has a temperature of 10,000° F.  Backing away from the inferno... Read More
The Mystery of Coronal Heating Poster 2
Oct 20, 2016
Prior to the 1960’s, the biggest storms on Earth could take people by surprise. Someone standing on a beach in Florida might not know if a distant bank of clouds was a routine squall or … the harbinger of a powerful hurricane.
Taking the Surprise out of Hurricane Season Poster 2
Solar System, Sky Watching
Oct 14, 2016
Step outside on October 16, and take a look at the moon. Not only will the moon be full, but on that day, the moon will be at its closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth. This makes the October full moon a supermoon.
2016 Ends with Three Supermoons Poster 2
Universe, Stars
Oct 7, 2016
In 1963, an astronomy student named Gail Smith working at an observatory in the Netherlands discovered something odd—a massive cloud of gas orbiting the Milky Way galaxy. Smith’s cloud contained enough gas to make 2 million stars the size of our sun, and it was moving through space at 700,000 mph... Read More
Astrophysics, Smith's Cloud, star formation, extragalactic cloud, hubble space telescope
Sep 27, 2016
“It’s absolutely thrilling to be embarking on this journey. Today, NASA is leading efforts to answer a host of important questions for humanity: Where do we come from? How did life originate? How are Earth's environments changing? There has never been a more pivotal time to solve these mysteries... Read More
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Sep 21, 2016
Summertime airshows are fun to watch, especially when aircraft fly in tight formation. The sight of airplanes soaring overhead practically wingtip to wingtip is thrilling to behold. Four of NASA’s spacecraft recently performed an equally thrilling maneuver: In Oct. 2015, the satellites of NASA’s... Read More
NASA Spacecraft Fly in Record-setting Formation Poster 2
Solar System
Sep 7, 2016
NASA is launching a spacecraft to visit an asteroid… and return to tell the tale. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral on September 8, 2016, on a mission to orbit, map and collect samples from the asteroid Bennu, and return to Earth 7 years later. Discovered in 1999 by the... Read More
To Bennu and Back Poster 2
Aug 29, 2016
Ever since the first strands of DNA were sequenced in the 1970s, researchers understood the profound significance of analyzing genetics for a wide range of medical and biological research.
Solar System, Sky Watching
Aug 23, 2016
August 2016 is a special month for backyard astronomy.  Why?  Because on almost any evening in August you can take a tour of the solar system—no telescope required.
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Aug 16, 2016
Northern summer is underway. It’s time for picnics, hot dogs, dips in the pool... …and, oh yes, electric blue sunsets.