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Sun
Apr 8, 2022
Scientists at NASA want to improve existing methods and build new open-science tools to improve their ability to detect very dim comets. Enter the NASA SOHO Comet Search with Artificial Intelligence Challenge – and the resulting discovery of two new comets.
Sun
Mar 31, 2022
NASA has selected three science centers to continue their work to address grand challenge science goals. Called Diversify, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate (DRIVE) Science Centers, they support science that requires more than individual investigators or small teams. They bring synergistic,... Read More
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment, Earth
Mar 22, 2022
Sometimes the electrons in the upper atmosphere clump up and form giant waves larger than Texas that zip around the Earth faster than a jet plane! A team of researchers from the NASA/NSF-supported Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) led by Nathaniel Frissell at The University of... Read More
Colorful image representing the distance that amateur radio operators can communicate and how that changes over time. Red dots represent a wave-like pattern.
Sun
Dec 7, 2021
Solar jets are bursts of plasma coming off the Sun. Studying solar jets contributes to better understanding of our closest star, the Sun, and how its energy impacts conditions on Earth.
Image of orange sun with magnifying glass and the title Solar Jet Hunter
Universe, Solar System, Sun, Space Experiments
Nov 24, 2021
Are you interested in starting your own citizen science project?  NASA's Citizen Science Seed Funding Program can help!  
Image of a colorful blues and dark browns nebula with stars.
Sun
Jun 9, 2021
On Thursday, June 10, 2021, people across the northern hemisphere will have the chance to experience an annular or partial eclipse of the Sun.
Photo of orange colored sun with black sphere eclipsing the right side
Sun, Citizen Science
Nov 13, 2020
A new finding about the formation of streaks within the aurora-like STEVE phenomenon brings scientists one step closer to solving the mystery.
A photo showing a purple arc of light alongside a green picket fence like structure in the night sky above a body of water
Solar System, Sun
Jul 16, 2020
Comet NEOWISE is visible in an aurora-filled sky in this photo by Aurorasaurus Ambassador Donna Lach. The photo was taken early on July 14, 2020, in western Manitoba, Canada. The purple ribbon-like structure to the left is STEVE, an aurora-related phenomenon discovered with the help of citizen... Read More
Comet NEOWISE appears in a sky streaked with purple and green aurora
Solar System, Sun
Jun 25, 2020
On June 15, 2020, a citizen scientist spotted a never-before-seen comet in data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO — the 4,000th comet discovery in the spacecraft’s 25-year history.
Annotated image of the Sun's outer atmosphere shows the 3,999th and 4,000th comets discovered by ESA & NASA's SOHO
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
May 4, 2020
A citizen scientist working with NASA's Aurorasaurus project has unearthed an exciting piece of scientific history. In the writings of early 20th-century aurora explorer Carl Størmer, citizen scientist Dr. Michael Hunnekuhl noticed mentions of “feeble homogeneous arcs of great altitude” and... Read More
Photo of Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement
Sun, Our Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Nov 24, 2019
The wind speed of a devastating Category 5 hurricane can top over 150 miles per hour (241km/hour.) Now imagine another kind of wind with an average speed of 0.87 million miles per hour (1.4 million km/hour.) Welcome to the wind that begins in our Sun and doesn’t stop until after it reaches the edge... Read More
Effects of the Solar Wind Poster
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
Apr 14, 2019
Constantly shielding us from the Sun’s high energy particles is the Earth’s magnetic field. Many imagine this field as a circle, slightly larger than our planet. But, it’s actually shaped like this. And near our north and south poles, there is a cusp – a point where two branches of a curve meet. It... Read More
On the Cusp of Understanding Poster
Sun, Our Sun
Mar 27, 2019
When sea-faring nations began to explore new regions of the world, one of their biggest concerns in making the journey safely was how to cope with weather. They could harness the wind for power. They could rely on the Sun and the stars for navigation. They could build sturdy ships. But if a storm... Read More
The Space We Travel Through Poster
Sun
Nov 7, 2018
Editor's note: The Nov. 7 launch attempt has been scrubbed. The next launch opportunity will be Thursday, Nov. 8.
Earth, Sun, ISS
Aug 16, 2018
The Sun. It inspires songs, warms us, and grows our food. Life on land and in the oceans, the daily weather, and long-term climate patterns happen primarily because of energy we receive from our closest star. Even tiny variations in that energy can affect the workings of our planet’s atmosphere.... Read More
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