News Articles

Dense field of stars in many colors
Universe
Jan 11, 2018
Astronomers gathering at the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society at National Harbor in Washington, D.C., will have a chance to learn about groundbreaking new research with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The new science discoveries with the Earth-orbiting observatory stretch from... Read More
ISS
Dec 4, 2017
Every now and then when the sun sets, a bright light appears on the western horizon. Gliding silently overhead, it is the biggest spacecraft ever built by humankind, the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a precious cargo of astronauts around Earth.   But the ISS is more than just a... Read More
An Out of This World Research Lab Poster
Universe
Dec 1, 2017
It seems like even black holes can’t resist the temptation to insert themselves unannounced into photographs. A cosmic photobomb found as a background object in images of the nearby Andromeda galaxy has revealed what could be the most tightly coupled pair of supermassive black holes ever seen.
X-ray source J0045+41
Sky Watching, Eclipses
Nov 30, 2017
A Supermoon Trilogy Poster
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Nov 29, 2017
The next stop on our virtual tour is Venus, the closest planet to Earth and the hottest planet in our solar system, with surface temperatures scorching enough to melt lead.
Image of Venus
Earth
Nov 21, 2017
This visualization follows sea salt, dust, and smoke from July 31 to November 1, 2017 to reveal how these particles are transported across the map.
Visualization of hurricanes throughout the oceans
Earth
Nov 21, 2017
By monitoring the color of reflected light via satellite, scientists can determine how successfully plant life is growing.
Visualization of global biosphere
Solar System
Nov 20, 2017
Astronomers recently scrambled to observe an intriguing asteroid that zipped through the solar system on a steep trajectory from interstellar space—the first confirmed object from another star. 
Artist’s concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua)
Earth
Nov 17, 2017
Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. This week, NASA is sharing stories and videos about... Read More
Solar System
Nov 15, 2017
We start our “Gravity Assist” virtual tour of the solar system with – where else – the Sun!  How hot is the Sun, what are solar flares, and how does space weather affect us here in Earth? Jim is joined by Project Scientist Dr. Nicky Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab to... Read More
Gravity Assist Podcast Logo
Earth
Nov 15, 2017
Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, NASA is sharing... Read More
visualization of land vegetation and phytoplankton
Solar System
Nov 7, 2017
Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA's Cassini mission.
Black and white image of Enceladus
Universe
Nov 3, 2017
Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 160 million miles from Earth — right around the... Read More
star field with galaxies and scratch marks
Universe
Nov 1, 2017
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back out in powerful jets of hot gas, called plasma, that can wreak havoc on their surroundings.
Artist’s concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk
Solar System
Oct 30, 2017
In time for Halloween, we've put together a compilation of elusive "sounds" of howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl.
Halloween image of ghost and planets